MOSCOW – Russia's highest court has ruled to free the jailed business partner of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky two months early.
Khodorkovsky was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin in December, and now his partner Platon Lebedev is to walk free.
Both men spent more than 10 years in prison in a case seen as Putin's revenge against Khodorkovsky for challenging his economic and political power.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to reduce Lebedev's prison sentence to 10 years, six months and 22 days. Since Lebedev was arrested on July 2, 2003, this means he should be released immediately from a prison in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region.