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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 7:00:02 PM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 7:01:04 PM

Russian ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky has left prison - lawyer

Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky waves as he stands in the defendants' cage before the start of a court session in Moscow in this December 27, 2010 file photograph. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov/Files

Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky waves as he stands in the defendants' cage before the start of a court session in Moscow in this December 27, 2010 file photograph. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Vladimir Putin, was released from prison in northwestern Russia on Friday after being pardoned by the president, his lawyer said.

Vadim Klyuvgant gave no details about the release or the latest whereabouts of Khodorkovsky, who had been in jail for more than 10 years and was seen by Kremlin critics as a political prisoner.

"He has left the (prison) colony. That's all I can say," Klyuvgant, told Reuters by telephone.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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