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Khodorkovsky reunited with family in Berlin MOSCOW: Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with family members in Berlin on Saturday, a day after he was released from a decade-long jail term during which he became one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics. Khodorkovsky, 50, was released from a remote prison near the Arctic Circle on Friday after Putin pardoned him with the stroke of a pen. He immediately flew to Berlin, where his relatives arrived on Saturday. "My family is finally reunited and we're very, very happy to be together after the 10 years of separation," his son Pavel Khodorkovsky, who flew in from the United States, said outside the Adlon Hotel in the German capital. "As you can imagine my father is going through a lot right now," he said. Khodorkovsky's elderly parents, Marina and Boris, also flew in and were reunited with their son, a ...

Khodorkovsky reunited with son in Berlin: spokeswoman MOSCOW: Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been reunited with his son in Berlin, after being freed from jail following a surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin, a spokeswoman for the former tycoon said on Saturday."The eldest son of Mikhail Borisovich, Pavel, has already seen his dad," a spokeswoman for Khodorkovsky, Olga Pispanen, said on Echo of Moscow radio. "They are now together in Berlin."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Two ministers' sons charged in Turkish graft probe: TV ISTANBUL: The sons of the Turkish interior and economy ministers were charged and placed in custody early on Saturday in connection with a graft probe that has tarnished Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, television stations reported.The managing director of state-owned Halkbank is also among those charged with corruption, fraud, trafficking in gold and embezzlement, channels NTV and CNN-Turk reported.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
British PM pays tribute to Lockerbie dead, 25 years on LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday expressed Britain's "unconditional admiration" for the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing on the attack's 25th anniversary. Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people on board and another 11 people on the ground.Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the attack, but he maintained his innocence until his death ...
EU leaves shale gas out of stricter law on environmental studies BRUSSELS: EU governments on Friday endorsed an outline deal on new rules to assess the impact on the environment of projects such as oil and gas exploration, after removing references to shale gas that had blocked agreement. Some European nations are eager to develop shale gas as they view the United States' shale gas revolution and cheap energy costs compared with Europe as a huge competitive advantage. But the geology in Europe is ...
Vienna Philharmonic revokes honours to Nazis VIENNA: The famed Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has revoked awards it made during Hitler's rule to six leading Nazis, as it quietly responds to criticism of the way it has dealt with its past. The symbolic move, decided in October but not publicly announced, follows the Philharmonic's publication earlier this year of details of its conduct during the Nazi era, which it revealed for the first time. The orchestra is best known for ...
Merkel says 'happy' about Khodorkovsky release BRUSSELS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday welcomed the release from a Russian prison of Kremlin critic and ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky."I am happy," she said about Khodorkovsky who has arrived in Berlin after the famous prisoner received a surprise pardon from Russian President Vladimir Putin.Merkel was however the only EU leader at a two-day summit to have made a comment on Moscow's decision to free the former tycoon, with others shying away from comments ...


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