Russian court orders review of Khodorkovsky convictions
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's supreme court on Wednesday agreed to review the two sets of convictions against Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky following his surprise early release from prison and lightning transfer to Germany.
Russia's former richest man was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin last week just eight months before his scheduled release after more than a decade behind bars.
Mr Khodorkovsky was jailed in 2003 and convicted in 2005 of fraud and tax evasion linked to his time as boss of the now-defunct private oil giant Yukos.
He and co-defendant Platon Lebedev were sentenced again in 2010 on money laundering and embezzlement charges that were presented shortly before both were set to be released.