BERLIN (AP) — A spokesman for a German company says Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin on its private jet after being pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
Ludger Baumann, spokesman OBO Bettermann, an energy consulting company that also has a charter flight operation, told The Associated Press that Khodorkovsky was released Friday morning and went straight to the airport in St. Petersburg, where a jet was waiting for him.
Germany's Foreign Ministry confirmed he had landed at Schoenefeld airport Friday afternoon.
Baumann says Hans-Dietrich Genscher — Germany's foreign minister in the 1980s and 1990s — had asked company boss Ulrich Bettermann to provide a plane on Thursday afternoon, after Putin announced that Khodorkovsky would be pardoned.
Genscher's office could not immediately be reached for comment.