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Khodorkovsky Pardon Won’t Need Guilt Admission, Council Says

President Dmitry Medvedev’s human rights council urged him to pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in his last weeks in office, presenting legal advice that this doesn’t need an admission of guilt from the former Yukos Oil Co. owner.

The recommendation will be discussed at the council’s meeting with Medvedev next month, the body’s head, Mikhail Fedotov, said yesterday in an interview in Novokuibyshevsk, in the Volga region of Samara. Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin will take over as head of state on May 7.