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Former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky says he won't get involved in politics or seek asset returns

  • In this image made from video footage released by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during his first interview after his release with the editor in chief of the Russian weekly magazine 'Newtimes', Yevgenia Albats, in the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT

    In this image made from video footage released by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during his first interview after his release with the editor in chief of the Russian weekly magazine 'Newtimes', Yevgenia Albats, in the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video footage released by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during his first interview after his release with the editor in chief of the Russian weekly magazine 'Newtimes', Yevgenia Albats, in the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT

    In this image made from video footage released by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during his first interview after his release with the editor in chief of the Russian weekly magazine 'Newtimes', Yevgenia Albats, in the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, left, meets his mother Marina, right, at the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT

    In this photo provided by Newtimes.ru on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, left, meets his mother Marina, right, at the hotel 'Adlon' in Berlin, Germany. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. (AP Photo/Newtimes.ru) RUSSIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the onetime Russian oil tycoon who was imprisoned for a decade in a politically tinged case, says he doesn't intend to get involved in politics now that he has been pardoned and released.

President Vladimir Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky on Friday, and hours later he flew on a private jet to Berlin. Khodorkovsky had been imprisoned for tax evasion and money-laundering. The cases were widely criticized as political revenge; Khodorkovsky funded opposition parties and was believed to have personal political ambitions.

In an interview published Sunday on the website of the Russian newspaper Novoye Vremya, Khodorkovsky is quoted as saying that in his pardon application he said he did not intend to get involved in politics or seek the return of the assets of his dismantled Yukos oil company.