Khodorkovsky: will work for political prisoners

December 22, 2013
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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) — Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is vowing to do all he can to ensure the release of political prisoners in Russia after his pardon and release.

Khodorkovsky spoke at a packed and tumultuous news conference in Berlin on Sunday, two days after he was released and immediately flew to Germany.

The 50-year-old said he shouldn't be viewed as a symbol that there are no political prisoners in Russia and said he would do "all I can do" to ensure the release of others.

He thanked media pressure for helping secure his release.