Khodorkovsky return to Russia 'not on agenda': German MP

21st December 2013, Comments 0 comments

A return to Russia is "not on the agenda" for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a German politician said after meeting the newly pardoned ex-oil tycoon in Berlin on Saturday.

"A return to Russia is not on the agenda," Greens MP Marieluise Beck told reporters after a meeting lasting more than one hour with Khodorkovsky in Berlin.

The deputy, who is a longstanding friend and supporter of Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky, said that only his eldest son Pavel, who lives in New York, was already in Berlin, but added: "The mother is on the way here."

Pavel had earlier told reporters that his family had been "finally reunited".

Beck said she had no mandate to talk about the former oligarch's plans and said his release had come out of the blue.

"One sees how surprising the release was from the fact that his mother is still in Moscow," she added.

Khodorkovsky was whisked away from his prison camp in a remote corner of northern Russia Friday and put on a plane to Germany, where he is ensconced in one of the most luxurious hotels in the German capital.

He is due to give a press conference Sunday at around 1200 GMT.

© 2013 AFP

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