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Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany after lightning release

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Russia's most famous prisoner and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Friday arrived in Germany a free man after more than 10 years behind bars, in a whirlwind release hours after his surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin. 

This photo released by KHODORKOVSKY.RU website shows Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky (L) shaking hands with former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich upon arrival in Berlin on December 20, 2013

The former oil tycoon was escorted out of his prison in northwestern Russia, in a hush-hush operation worked out behind the scenes with the German government and brokered by Berlin's former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

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