Khodorkovsky: Don't boycott 2014 Sochi Olympics

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CORRECTS NAME OF MUSEUM - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, right, listens to Alexandra Hildebrandt, left, the curator of the Berlin Wall Museum , Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, as he arrives for a press conference at the museum in Berlin, Sunday Dec. 22, 2013. The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his eldest son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him (AP Photo/dpa, Kay Nietfeld)

BERLIN (AP) — Mikhail Khodorkovsky says the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi are a "celebration of sport" that should not be damaged.

The former oil tycoon spent 10 years in jail on what the West considers trumped-up political charges by President Vladimir Putin's government. He was pardoned Friday and flew to Berlin.

At a Berlin news conference Sunday, Khodorkovsky made clear that he isn't advocating a boycott of the Sochi Olympics. However, he also said the event "should not become a great party for President Putin."

Khodorkovsky told reporters that he will concern himself in the future with working to free Russian political prisoners but would not be "involved in the struggle for power."