Miriam Elder

Global Scan

Vladimir Putin offers an early Christmas present to a man once considered his biggest rival

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has spent a decade in a Russian prison colony, convicted of tax fraud and other malfeasance. But before he went to jail, he was the richest man in Russia — viewed as a legitimate challenger to Vladimir Putin. Some have speculated it was that threat, more than any misdeeds, that sent him to prison. But Friday, Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky and released him from prison. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Putin Holds Record Setting Televised Q&A

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual nationally televised call-in show on Thursday. And it was the longest ever, 4 hours and 47 minutes. Miriam Elder was monitoring the Q&A at the Press Center and live tweeting all about it.