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Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Whirlwind First 48 Hours Of Freedom

After 10 years in jail, Russia's once-richest man seemed bewildered to be free.Vladimir Putin unexpectedly pardoned him on Friday.

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And boarded a plane to Berlin sent by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Gensher, who secretly negotiated his release with Putin for two and a half years.

My father is free and safely in Germany. Thank you all for the support you've given my family over these years!

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My father is free and safely in Germany. Thank you all for the support you've given my family over these years!

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Journalists flew to Berlin from all over the world to see him — and Instagram him.

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In his first interview, Khodorkovsky told the Russian opposition magazine New Times that he intended to return to Russia, though only after the Supreme Court annulled a $500 million lawsuit related to the first of his two convictions in 2005.

"One of the first things he did was get hold of an iPhone and an iPad and start learning. He couldn't wait. He had read about them in prison but never seen one," Pavel Khodorkovsky told the Daily Telegraph.

On Sunday, he gave a press conference to a teeming scrum of reporters at the Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie, a symbolic Cold War-era site that divided East and West Berlin.

Everyone wanted to know what he'll do next. "I only got freedom 36 hours ago," Khodorkovsky said. "I didn't think it was possible to make plans for the future."

Asked if he could forgive Putin, who is believed to have personally ordered his prosecution, Khodorkovsky said, "I was playing a tough game. But they didn't touch my family, which let me be less emotional and more pragmatic toward Putin."

"A power struggle isn't my thing," Khodorkovsky said, when asked if he had plans to return to business or politics. He said he would devote himself to freeing political prisoners in Russia and elsewhere.

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