Khodorkovsky freed from prison camp: Interfax

Khodorkovsky freed from prison camp: Interfax
Russian former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky in defendants' cage before court session in Moscow, December 28, 2010

MOSCOW - Russia's former richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky was Friday freed from his prison camp after receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported.

"Around 12:20 pm (0820 GMT) Mikhail Khodorkovsky left the prison camp" in the town of Segezha in Karelia in northwestern Russian, a security source in Karelia told Interfax.

Russian prison officials and spokespeople for Khodorkovsky questioned by AFP could not immediately confirm the report.

The Federal Service for the Execution of Punishment (FSIN) which runs Russia's prisons issued a statement confirming that Khodorkovsky's sentence had been terminated but not explicitly confirming he had walked free from the camp.

In line with Putin's decree, Khodorkovsky "has been freed from the further serving of his punishment in the form of imprisonment," it said in a statement on its website.

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