Putin to pardon jailed Russian tycoon

Formerly richest man in country has spent more than 10 years behind bars

Posted: December 20, 2013 at 5:35 a.m.

MOSCOW — Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia’s formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.

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