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Pussy Riot to Form New Group
 Pussy Riot to Form New Group 

Pussy Riot to Form New Group

It's a human rights group called Zona Prava

(Newser) - It seems prison only put more fire in the bellies of Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. While they continue to be no fans of Vladimir Putin, in a press conference today the two announced their new focus: forming a human rights group to fight for prison reform,...

Newly Freed Russian Tycoon Back With Family

Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany, free after a decade

(Newser) - After Vladimir Putin pardoned oil tycoon and outspoken government critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky yesterday, Khodorkovsky wasted little time in getting out of Russia. He arrived in Germany and spent his first night of freedom in 10 years inside a Berlin hotel, reports the BBC . He has been reunited already with his...

Putin Pardons One of His Biggest Foes

Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he never asked for pardon

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has freed famous oil-tycoon-turned-Kremlin-critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, after announcing he would do so yesterday. Putin signed a pardon that allowed for Khodorkovsky's release today on the basis of "the principles of humanity," reports the BBC , which confirms Khodorkovsky left prison after eating lunch. Putin's foes...

Snowden Nominated for Coveted Human Rights Prize

In running for Europe's Sakharov Prize

(Newser) - Past winners of the Sakharov Prize, a human rights prize for freedom of thought, include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi—and soon Edward Snowden could join their ranks. The NSA leaker is one of seven nominees for the prize this year after getting a nod from the Greens...

Russian Tycoon's Sentence Shows Putin Still Calling Shots

Mikhail Khodorkovsky will remain behind bars until 2017

(Newser) - Russia watchers were keeping a close eye on the sentencing of tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky today on seemingly trumped up embezzlement charges to see whether Vladimir Putin might be loosening his grip. With a judge giving Khodorkovsky the maximum 6 years on top of his earlier 8-year sentence, that answer seems...

Kremlin Foe Denied Bid for Parole
Kremlin Foe Denied Bid
for Parole

Kremlin Foe Denied Bid for Parole

Oil tycoon, Putin opponent remains in Siberian prison

(Newser) - A Russian court has rejected Mikhail Khodorkovsky's request for parole on Friday, ordering the jailed oil tycoon to serve out the remainder of his sentence in a ruling his lawyer called politically motivated. Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos oil company and once Russia's richest man, was sentenced to 8...

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