Khodorkovsky says cannot currently return to Russia
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's freed former tycoon and richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Sunday said he was currently unable to return to Russia due to a court order to pay over half a billion dollars dating back to his first conviction in 2005.
Khodorkovsky said that the court order for him to pay US$550 million (S$ 696 million) in damages was still in place. If he went back to Russia, "Russian law has the power of not allowing me to leave for abroad," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying in Berlin.
He said the case is currently in the hands of Russia's Supreme Court and if the claim was ever lifted he would consider that a "sufficient sign that I can come to Russia".
"The issue of politics - understanding politics as a fight for power - is also not the agenda for me," he added.