Khodorkovsky Freed From Russian Prison, Arrives in Germany

Spent almost a decade in jail


A spokesman for a German company says Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin on its private jet after being pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.

Ludger Baumann, spokesman OBO Bettermann, an energy consulting company that also has a charter flight operation, told The Associated Press that Khodorkovsky was released Friday morning and went straight to the airport in St. Petersburg, where a jet was waiting for him.