Putin to Pardon Khodorkovsky

    A guard escorts on June 3, 2011 former Yukos oil company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky (C) to a courtroom in Moscow, where he will stand as a witness in a trial in absentia of former associate Russian-born Spaniard Antonio Valdez Garcia, who was the head of Yukos subsidiary Fargoil company and is accused of embezzlement.    AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world Thursday morning by announcing he would immediately pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The richest man in Russia was convicted of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering in what was widely considered to be a politically motivated trial. Amnesty International considers Khodorkovsky to be a prisoner of conscience. 

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