Russia frees Platon Lebedev, oil tycoon Khodorkovsky’s business partner

By Kathy Lally, January 24, 2014

MOSCOW — Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s business partner, who remained in prison after his colleague was freed in December.

Platon Lebedev, who has been behind bars since 2003, was nearing the end of his sentence, which expires in May, but in reviewing his case the court reduced his term to time served. His attorney said he could leave his prison camp in the frozen Archangel region as soon as the paperwork was processed and that he expected him out by Friday.

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