Reports: Lawyer says Khodorkovsky is released

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FILE In this  Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 file photo Mikhail Khodorkovsky, left, looks from behind glass at a court room in Moscow,  Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013, that he will pardon his arch-enemy Khodorkovsky who has spent the past 10 years in prison on tax evasion and embezzlement charges. Khodorkovsky's release could potentially be Putin's biggest political decision this year. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two state news agencies are reporting that Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been released from prison following President Vladimir Putin's pardon.

They quoted Khodorkovsky's lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant as saying that he has been informed that Khodorkovsky has been released but he is unaware of any details.

Khodorkovsky has spent the past 10 years in prison on charges of tax evasion and embezzlement. His arrest in 2003 and the subsequent prosecution have been widely considered to be Putin's retribution for Khodorkovsky's political ambitions.

The decree published on the Kremlin's website on Friday said Putin was pardoning him for humanitarian reasons.

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