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Russian ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky applies to settle in Switzerland

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:35 PM
 
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the recently freed former head of the Russian oil company Yukos, addresses an anti-war rally in Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on March 9, 2014. Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has submitted a request to settle permanently in Switzerland, a spokesman said on Monday, March 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has submitted a request to settle permanently in Switzerland, a spokesman said on Monday.

The 50-year-old former oil tycoon was granted a three-month Schengen visa by Switzerland at the end of last year and arrived by train in Basel from Berlin at the start of January to take his two youngest sons back to school.

A spokesman for Mr Khodorkovsky confirmed he had submitted a request for permanent residency in Switzerland, but she declined to give any further details on where exactly he was hoping to make his home.

Mr Khodorkovsky's second wife Inna has a home in Geneva, where several of his companies had operations, the Swiss daily Le Matin has reported.

 
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