Khodorkovsky walks free, but his plans remain a mystery

By Isabel Gorst, December 21, 2013

MOSCOW — As his country’s most famous political prisoner, Mikhail Khodorkovsky spent many days over the past decade being shuttled from one penal colony to another on Russia’s slow, creaking trains. But in a dramatic change in his fortunes, the former oil tycoon found himself on a private jet bound for Germany on Friday after being granted a pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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