Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree pardoning jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Kremlin press service reported.

"In accordance with humanitarian principles," the president's decree "pardons convict Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky, born in 1963, a Muscovite, relieving him of the obligation to further serve his prison sentence," according to the document.

The decree is effective from the date of signing, the presidential press service said.

Putin said on Thursday that he had received a request from Khodorkovsky to pardon him and he was going to grant the request.


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