Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will not enter politics now he is free, but will work to have prisoners unjustly being held in Russia released.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed the Russian president to protect gays in Chechnya and take into account rights of anti-government protesters. They met in Sochi for "intensive" talks about global crises.
Russia knowingly plunged the oil giant Yukos into bankruptcy in 2006, according to a Dutch appeals court. Its verdict could benefit former shareholders of a Dutch subsidiary, Yukos Finance BV.
Moscow has outlawed Open Russia and two other NGOs associated with former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Open Russia has called for an anti-Putin protest this Saturday in Moscow.
The Kremlin has won a major legal victory after a Dutch court overturned a $50bn damages award to former shareholders of Yukos. With almost 20 percent of Russia's annual budget at stake, shareholders vowed to fight on.
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