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The court in the northwestern
town of Velsk, near where Lebedev is serving time, ordered that his
sentence be reduced by three years and four months. Judge Viktor Ivanov
said the decision was based on a change in Russian laws, the RIA Novosti
news agency reported.

It was not yet clear whether Khodorkovsky’s
sentence would be shortened as well. He would need to appeal to a
separate court near where he is imprisoned in Karelia, also in
northwestern Russia.

Both men were arrested in 2003 in a case
widely seen as politically motivated after Khodorkovsky, then Russia’s
richest man, challenged the power of Vladimir Putin early in his
presidency.

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