Mikhail Khodorkovsky: how the Yukos tycoon became Russia's richest man
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:33

The former oligarch has been released by Vladimir Putin – and few know how much remains of his $15bn oil fortune

When secret service personnel in black combat fatigues stormed Mikhail Khodorkovsky'sprivate jet at the remote Siberian Tolmachevo airport in 2003, the oil tycoon was said to be worth $15bn (£10bn). By the time he was behind bars and his ...

From Pussy Riot to Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin has been underrated | Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:30

Before criticising Russia's president, the west should recognise its own history of betrayal towards his country

A very merry Christmas to Pussy Riot, Greenpeace and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, not to say to Vladimir Putin. At his somewhat bizarre annual press conference, with 1,300 journalist waving flags to capture his attention, Putin announced that...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky 'exhausted but happy to be free' after Putin's pardon
Friday, 20 December 2013 18:49

Former oligarch's release and flight to Berlin proceeds like military operation amid rumours and misinformation

Like his arrest in 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's release was akin to a military operation. Then, masked special forces stormed his private jet as it stood refuelling on the tarmac at a Siberian airport. On Friday, he walked free, but his...

​Portuguese court ruling puts bailout exit at risk
Friday, 20 December 2013 17:51
Published time: December 20, 2013 18:51
​Portuguese court ruling puts bailout exit at risk

Pensioners shout during an anti-austerity protest in Lisbon (Reuters / Hugo Correia)

A court in Portugal has rejected a plan to save an estimated 388 million euro next year through pension cuts. It could become a major stumbling...

Putin, Czar of Mercy, takes West by surprise
Friday, 20 December 2013 08:56

Most Western publications link Putin's decision to release Khodorkovsky with the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. The Russian president, foreign newspapers write, allegedly wants to improve the image of the country, in which, as some believe, human rights are routinely violated. 

Time magazine tied Khodorkovsky's release with Putin's will to demonstrate...

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