Khodorkovsky Gets 3-Month Swiss Visa

Khodorkovsky Gets 3-Month Swiss Visa
# 30 December 2013 19:59 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been granted a three-month visa to Switzerland, the Swiss Embassy in Berlin said Monday, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

Khodorkovsky, who has been staying in Germany since his release from a Russian jail on December 20, applied for a Swiss visa last week. His wife, Inna, and his two sons are residing in Switzerland, which is part of the 26-nation Schengen free-travel zone in Europe.

“Switzerland has granted the request of Mikhail Khodorkovsky for a Schengen visa. The visa allows a three-month stay in the Schengen area,” a spokesperson for the Swiss Embassy told reporters without providing further details.

Germany, another Schengen state, had earlier granted Khodorkovsky a one-year visa allowing him to stay in that country.

Khodorkovsky, former head of the dismantled oil giant Yukos, was freed by a presidential pardon after serving more than a decade in prison following his arrest on a Siberian runway in 2003 and two subsequent convictions for fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.

Russia’s Supreme Court last Wednesday ordered a review of past cases against Khodorkovsky citing an earlier ruling by the European Court of Human Rights as a basis to renew legal proceeding in the case.

The European court ordered Russia in July to pay Khodorkovsky $13,200 in damages for numerous violations of his rights during the high-profile trial.

Earlier this year, Khodorkovsky, 50, said he would not go in for politics and would not fight for the return of Yukos assets.