Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will not enter politics now he is free, but will work to have prisoners unjustly being held in Russia released.
The German chancellor has partially blamed Russia for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. But the Kremlin said that despite their differences, Moscow would "continue bilateral contacts" with Berlin.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is unlikely to be punished for his Russian dealings, as Ukraine would like. But he's still coming under fire across the political spectrum in Germany.
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.
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