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Russian Court Releases AIDS Prisoner On Bail

Vasily Aleksanian in the defendant's cage of a Moscow court in February
Vasily Aleksanian in the defendant's cage of a Moscow court in February
MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A Russian court has ruled to free on bail an oil executive who has HIV/AIDS after a long campaign by supporters who said the former Yukos vice president could not receive proper treatment while in custody.

Vasily Aleksanian, who is also going blind and has cancer, will be freed on a bail of 50 million rubles ($1.78 million), a judge told a hearing attended by reporters.

Aleksanian is a former vice-president of Yukos, an oil company whose chief executive, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was imprisoned in what was widely seen as a Kremlin campaign to punish the businessman for his political ambitions.

One of Aleksanian's brothers works as a translator at the Reuters News office in Moscow.

(by Reuters)

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