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  1. Freed Pussy Riot, Former Tycoon Vow to Help Other Political Prisoners

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky was Russia’s preeminent oil tycoon and one of the 20 wealthiest men in the world. He was also a critic of government corruption, and for that Vladimir Putin imprisoned him in 2003. But with the Olympics bringing scrutiny to Putin’s human rights record, Khodorkovsky was released on Friday under the same amnesty that freed members of Pussy Riot and the Arctic 30. He intends to work on behalf of Russia’s other political prisoners, as do the women of Pussy Riot. 

    Sources: AP, LA Times, NYT

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