Khodorkovsky’s release may well have been intended to further those goals by sending a positive signal about Russia's future business climate

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<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (31 January 2010)

Thank you for giving a voice to teenage mothers ("Promiscuous scroungers or loving parents?", 24 January). I, like thousands of young parents in the 1960s, lost my only child to adoption because I was too vulnerable at this point in my life to protect her. From that moment on, my life lost its purpose, and I have since spoken with countless other natural mothers of adopted people who have suffered the same, who despite their intelligence and abilities have never achieved their potential because of the unconscious acknowledgement that, whatever they do, it will not repair this huge loss. I now know that I would have been a good mother, and that respectable, married adoptive parents is no guarantee of good parenting, or that an adopted person will be brought up with security and kindness.

Errors & Omissions: Use equine metaphors correctly or risk falling out of the saddle

Andy McSmith's entertaining feature on Saturday about the intersecting Oxford careers of politicos that are now famous included a variant spelling that is now so common that it ought perhaps to be legitimised by the College of Cardinal Pedants.

Econoblog: Diamond gets tough on banking regulation

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Stephen Glover: Newspapers will not be put in the dock over their Iraq war coverage

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Paul Vallely: 'Good faith' isn't usually good enough

On the Iraq war, Tony Blair says he did what he thought was right. Had he listened, he would have thought differently

Richard Ingrams's Week: Was Cook sacked on the orders of George Bush?

When he appeared before the Chilcot inquiry on Wednesday, Jack Straw, they said, became the first serving cabinet minister to express "deep regret" about the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the thousands of deaths that resulted.

The Sketch: You can't beat the House but you can whip it into shape

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Blair froze out Iraq war dissenters

Tony Blair froze out anyone with concerns about the Iraq war and was not challenged on the issue by a Cabinet that had been "conditioned" to accept that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq inquiry has been told.

Econoblog: Alistair Darling gets it right

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