Despite High-Profile Pardon, Russia Continues Scrutiny of Academics

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Russia showed clemency to the former oil tycoon and activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky (shown in Berlin after his pardon and release from prison last month), but an investigation of several academics who are accused of illegally lobbying on his behalf continues. The case has placed a prominent university at the center of what some Russians see as an effort to quiet academics who speak out against government policies.
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The Kremlin appears to be in a forgiving mood.

Russia recently pardoned the oil baron turned activist Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky and other prominent critics of President Vladimir V. Putin in a move widely seen as an attempt to mollify international...

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