Russian court cuts sentence of ex-oil tycoon's partner

August 8, 2012 12:34


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MOSCOW - A Russian court cut the prison term of jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner by more than three years on Wednesday, handing him a rare legal victory in a case lawyers say was politically motivated.

The ruling by a court in northern Russia, following an appeal, means Platon Lebedev, 55, will leave prison next March if it is not challenged by the state prosecution.

Like Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, Lebedev says his 13-year sentence for multi-billion-dollar theft and money laundering was particularly severe because the two men had fallen out with President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.

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