Putin to Pardon Khodorkovsky

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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.