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The Hotel Adlon in Berlin. It's where former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was said to be on Friday, just hours after his sudden and unexpected release from a Russian prison. Khodorkovsky flew by private jet to Germany where he was greeted by former German foreign minister Hans Dietrich Genscher. A witness told Reuters he then traveled in a police convoy into the German capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Khodorkovsky's request for a pardon on quote: "principles of humanity." His release ends a decade in jail that many said was punishment for daring to challenge the Kremlin. The amnesty could be seen as a move to deflect criticism over Putin's human rights record, as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.