Russia to free Khodorkovsky aide

 	Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev (R) stand in the defendants' cage before the start of a court session in Moscow December 27, 2010. A Russian judge is to begin reading the verdict in Khodorkovsky's second trial on Monday. Prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence him to six additional years in prison. Once Russia's richest man and head of its former biggest oil producer, the now defunct Yukos, Khodorkovsky is nearing the end of an eight-year sentence imposed in a fraud and tax-evasion trial that shaped Vladimir Putin's 2000-2008 presidency. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Freed: Platon Lebedev (right) to join Mikhail Khodorkovsky in release from prison

The business partner of former Yukos oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is to be freed from a Russian jail following a Supreme Court order delivered on Thursday.


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