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Platon Lebedev, who has been behind bars since 2003, was about to end his term, which would have expired in May when, in reviewing his case, the court reduced his imprisonment to time served and instantly set him free. There is no reason not to join the chorus of “hurrahs”, but the real reasons behind his release are far from being understood.

Platon Lebedev, who has been behind bars since 2003, was about to end his term, which would have expired in May when, in reviewing his case, the court reduced his imprisonment to time served and instantly set him free. There is no reason not to join the chorus of “hurrahs”, but the real reasons behind his release are far from being understood.

                                   

Friends like brothers

Lebedev was imprisoned together with Khodorkovsky with charges of tax evasion and embezzlement. They are always referred as good friends, “but to each other we’re almost brothers”, Lebedev said in an interview for the Russian channel REN TV, straight after his release.

“Dear friends, after nearly 11 years, or more exactly 10 years, 6 months and almost 23 days, I have come home. The main reason why this terrible counting of days has stopped at last lies in your faithful and sincere efforts. I have no doubt about it”, Platon wrote in a statement published by his press-centre after his release. “Did we win? We definitely didn’t let them defeat us! However, there’s still much to do together. In fact, it all still lies ahead.”

Yes, it all still lies ahead. The Supreme Court, in fact, not only set him free, but also reviewed an order requiring Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to pay $521 million in unpaid taxes related to the case.

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