Dec. 20 - Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is said to be in a Berlin hotel, just hours after his unexpected release from a Russian prison. Mana Rabiee reports.
The Hotel Adlon in Berlin. It's where former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was said to be on Friday, just hours after his sudden and unexpected release from a Russian prison. Khodorkovsky flew by private jet to Germany where he was greeted by former German foreign minister Hans Dietrich Genscher. A witness told Reuters he then traveled in a police convoy into the German capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Khodorkovsky's request for a pardon on quote: "principles of humanity." His release ends a decade in jail that many said was punishment for daring to challenge the Kremlin. The amnesty could be seen as a move to deflect criticism over Putin's human rights record, as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.