Switzerland gives Khodorkovsky 3-month Schengen visa

GENEVA Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:12am EST

Freed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky attends a news conference in the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, December 22, 2013. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Freed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky attends a news conference in the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, December 22, 2013.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Switzerland granted a three-month visa on Friday to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian former oil tycoon who was released from prison earlier two weeks ago.

The visa allows Khodorkovsky to travel within the Schengen area, which includes the majority of the European Union and several countries outside the bloc, including Switzerland.

Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed it was granting a visa in a brief statement, but said it would give no further details, citing data protection reasons.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Patrick Graham)

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Mylena wrote:
Why a three months visa just for a business trip? Swiss sounds like the most corrupted country in the whole world. They accepts money from every country no questions ask, they are high sex and drug matters and now they are giving away a visa extremely large for one conference trip.

Dec 30, 2013 11:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tommie451 wrote:
Certainly the Schengen visa is a vast improvement over the Klegal exercises Kodo has had to perform over the past 10 years.

Kodo will have to turn back into a thief soon enough to try to recover his loot. The if he goes back to Russia he will just have to go back to the slammer again, as a two-time loser.

His best bet is to just move to Israel and shuttle back and forth to the US. Europe does not want him. Or maybe he can cut a deal to get to keep part of the loot. Like the other oligarchs did.

Jan 02, 2014 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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