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There is no amnesty, however, for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch in jail since 2003.

Pussy Riot and Arctic 30 amnesty is a Putin masterstroke ahead of Olympics | World news | The Guardian – 12/18/2013

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Khodorkovsky pledge: Freed tycoon won’t challenge Putin or return home – YouTube – Posted 12/22/2013.

I missed it!

Of course, I wasn’t looking for it.

It appears Luke Harding didn’t see it coming either four days ago.

But that was so last week.

Then too, perhaps President Putin on the 19th caught Mr. Harding’s but-you-forgot in his spyglass and decided to converse without direct words.

Who knows?

Putin does and my bet is he’s not talking about his thinking.


Khodorkovsky happy and hopeful after 10 years as Putin’s top prisoner | World news | theguardian.com – by Luke Harding – 12/22/2013.

Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks out – CNN.com – 12/22/2013.

Opinion: Don’t be fooled by Putin’s release of Khodorkovsky – CNN.com – by Masha Gessen – 12/21/2013.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon – CNN.com – 12/21/2013.

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky freed from prison – latimes.com – 12/20/2013.

BBC News – Putin ‘to pardon’ jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky – YouTube – 12/19/2013

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