German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Friday a role played "behind the scenes" by former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher in helping to secure the release of Kremlin critic and Russian ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

"The German government appreciates the efforts of former federal minister Genscher who worked intensively on the case behind the scenes," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

"He worked successfully on possibilities for a solution with a great level of commitment and the support of the chancellor and the foreign ministry."

Genscher, 86, said in a statement he had decided to support Khodorkovsky’s case "for humanitarian reasons", having met him several times in the past.

Genscher, who served as Germany's top diplomat from 1974 to 1992, said he welcomed the pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he said he had met twice to discuss the Khodorkovsky case, saying in a statement that the decision was "significant and encouraging for other cases".

He also thanked Merkel, a fellow German former foreign minister and the German ambassador in Moscow for lending "the greatest possible support" to his efforts.

Genscher, who arranged the flight on a private jet from Russia and picked Khodorkovsky up at the airport in Berlin, told news website Spiegel Online that Khodorkovsky was doing well under the circumstances.

"He is exhausted but very happy to finally be free," he said by telephone, adding that Khodorkovsky now wanted to rest and would stay out of the public eye.

Spiegel said Khodorkovsky could be heard in the background talking to friends and relatives by phone.

It said he had received a visa that would allow him to stay for one year in the Schengen passport-free zone.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.

 

FAQs

Email

If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net

Phone

  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.

Cancel