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After 10 years in a Russian prison, Mikhail Khodorkovsky walks free with an official pardon, but the former tycoon will find Russia little changed in fundamental terms from the oily post-Soviet republic it was in 2003: A resource-cursed economy in which a venal and often corrupt elite in Moscow rule over a largely impoverished and dwindling population in a vast and remote hinterland.

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