“In the heads of many people in Russia, I am the anti-Putin”

Posted on April 30, 2016
Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Khodorkovsky Phil Fisk; Eyevine

He’s got both the fortune and the determination to challenge Vladimir Putin, and ten years in prison haven’t deterred him. In a rare interview, Mikhail Khodorkovsky tells Giles Whittell why he’ll risk everything – including assassination – to bring democracy …

“The Democratic Coalition has fallen apart.”

Posted on April 29, 2016

Mikhail Khodorkovsky  The Democratic Coalition, created with an eye to the forthcoming parliamentary elections, has fallen apart. The objectives behind its creation were clear and transparent: several political groups with an avowed commitment to democratic values decided to unite in …

Made in Chinese Russia

Posted on April 29, 2016

The present Russian government has a special relationship with history. Some anniversaries which fit the political mood of the moment, the general ideology or simply the whim of the president, are celebrated with unbearable pomposity and toe-curling official kitsch.

“Notes of an Investigator”

Posted on April 28, 2016

A Moscow police investigator has very helpfully (and anonymously) published a price list of what it takes to get the police to do their job. 

“The main objective of the regime is self-preservation.”

Posted on April 27, 2016

In a speech at the Oxford Union, Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks about “Post-Putin Russia.” Post-Putin Russia “Ladies and gentlemen, It is an enormous honour for me to address this chamber, although I’m told that applause is by no means the only …

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