‘My Fellow Prisoners’ by Mikhail Khodorkovsky (in Russian)
This special edition of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s prison writing is a collection of short stories from ‘Prison’s People’ series, and his first book published in English.
Publishing house: Penguin Books
‘I am a lawyer!’ – Edition of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (in German)
‘Khodorkovsky Case’ by Adam Michnik, Aleksander Pumpiański, Michaił Chodorkowski, Siergiej Kowaliow (in Polish)
‘A Russian Prisoner’ by Mikhail Khodorkovsky (in French)
Published in October 2013
In the book, Mikhail Khodorkovsky draws portraits of his fellow prisoners, criminals in today’s Russia, whom he has met in the labour camps – Gulags – where he has been incarcerated for the last 10 years. He makes no mention of his former company Yukos Oil, or the Kremlin, but his intriguing conclusions in the book go far beyond a simple description of Russia’s prison system.
The original title: ‘Un prisonnier Russe’
‘The Life And Fate Of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’ by Natalya Tochilnikova (in Russian)
‘Hostage. The Story of a Yukos Manager’ by Vladimir Pereverzin
Published in August 2013
A book written by former senior Yukos manager, Vladimir Pereverzin, is now available for purchase in bookstores across Russia.
Pereverzin served over 7 years in prison when he refused to testify against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev. He was released in February 2012, becoming the first former senior Yukos manager to be freed.
The original title: ‘Заложник. История менеджера ЮКОСа’
“Khodorkovsky, Lebedev, and all the rest” by Konstantin Rivkin
Konstantin Rivkin, the lawyer of Khodorkovsky’s ex business partner and Yukos co-owner Platon Lebedev summarises his experiences during 8 years working on the Yukos case in “Khodorkovsky, Lebedev, and all the rest”.
The book is dedicated to the memory of another figure in the Yukos case, Vasily Aleksanyan, who was denied essential medical treatment during his pre-trial detention and therefore died before the trial could take place.
“Khodorkovsky: Not guilty!” by Natalia Tochilnikova
Natalia Tochilnikova is a prominent Russian writer and an author of several political writings. Tochilnikova has been collecting material about Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the Yukos case for years. As a result, she has written the most detailed history of Khodorkovsky yet – not only his biography and the story of his two trials, but also an analysis of other Yukos related charges. The book debunks many myths and misconceptions about Yukos and Khodorkovsky.
‘Khodorkovsky: Not guilty!’ is based on interviews with Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s mother Marina Philippovna, Leonid Nevzlin, Vasily Shahnovsky, Alexey Kondaurov, Irina Yasina, Anatoly Yermolin, his lawyers Karinna Moskalenko and Natalia Terehova, classmates and fellow students and trial documents and media publications from the 1990s. The author’s personal correspondence with Khodorkovsky, which began in 2005, and Khodorkovsky’s comments on the text are also included.
Number of pages: 84
‘Algorithm’ Publishing House
“La mia lotta per la libertà”
An Italian version of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s book of writings. More information here.
Aš kovosiu už savo laisvę – Михаил Ходорковский
A Lithuanian version of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s book of writings. More information here.
Biography of Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Natalia Gevorkyan
This edition of the book is published in Ukrainian.
De Tijd Wast Alles Schoon
A Dutch edition of Khodorkovsky’s dialogue with Natalia Gevorkyan. More information here.
Briefe aus dem gefängnis
A collection of Khodorkovsky’s writings in German. More information here.
Khodorkovsky’s Letters with Boris Akunin and Lyudmila Ulitskaya
BĘDĘ WALCZYŁ O WOLNOŚĆ – Michaił Chodorkowski
A Polish edition of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s interviews and writings. More information here.
An Estonian edition of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s book of writings, correspondence, and interviews. See more information here.
“The Quality of Freedom” by Richard Sakwa
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil company, was arrested on 25 October 2003. This event proved a turning point for post-communist Russia and for Vladimir Putin’s presidency. By that time Khodorkovsky had become one of the world’s richest and most powerful men, while Yukos had been transformed into a vertically-integrated oil company that was set to go global. On all counts, this looked like a success story for Russia, but it was precisely at this moment that the authorities struck, and Khodorkovsky was later sentenced to eight years in jail. This book explains why all of this occurred. It provides some theoretical discussion as well as detailed analysis of the rise and fall of Yukos, and with it the development of the Russian oil industry. It also examines the relationship between the state and big business during Russia’s traumatic shift from the Soviet planned economy to the market system, as well as Russia’s emergence as an ‘energy superpower’. The attack on Khodorkovsky had far-reaching political and economic consequences but it also raised fundamental questions about the quality of freedom in contemporary Russia as well as in the world at large.
Putin’s Oil: The Yukos Affair and the Struggle for Russia, by Martin Sixsmith
“Putin’s Oil” investigates Vladimir Putin’s war for control of Russia’s vast oil reserves, in particular Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s oil firm, Yukos. “Putin’s Oil” investigates the complex world of Kremlin politics, including conspiracies and conspiracy theories, allegations that Roman Abramovitch plotted with Putin to destroy Khodorkovsky, suspicions of betrayal and double agents in the Kremlin and in Yukos, murder charges against Khodorkovsky’s partners, and the KGB defector who claims they were carried out by Kremlin agents. After the mysterious death in a helicopter crash of the Englishman who had taken over Yukos, the company’s war against the Kremlin is now being waged by a troika of mild mannered Britons, pursued by Interpol arrest warrants and Moscow’s fury. Khodorkovsky remains in a penal camp in far Eastern Siberia. Martin Sixsmith, former BBC Moscow Correspondent, has gained unprecedented access to many of the players in the drama. The resulting book is both a thriller and an analysis of the defining moments of Putin’s presidency and their ongoing impact in Russian and world politics.
“Paroles Libres,” by Mikhail Khodorkovsky
This French edition of “Free Words” compiles several of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s outstanding writings and correspondence, including letters exchanged with Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Boris Akunin, and Boris Strugatsky.
Mireille Bartholomew, an editor at the publisher Fayard, said “This French publication is a militant act on our part. Olivier Nora wants this book to be published in as many languages as possible in the world and this first publication in French will help.”
“Khodorkovski, Le Prisionnier du Silence,” by Valery Paniouchkine
Ten years after the fall communism, Mikhail Khodorkovsky became the richest man in Russia by building the Yukos oil company. Today, he is serving nine years in a penal colony deep in Siberia. Many people who are convinced that Khodorkovsky’s wealth was procured during the presidency of Boris Yeltsin, feel that the jail term serves him right. The journalist Valery Paniouchkine similarly held this belief, at least until 2005, when his curiosity drove him to visit Khodorkovsky in prison and discover what was behind his story. What he found was dramatically different than he could have expected.
“Prisoner of Putin,” by Mikhail Khodorkovsky / Natalia Gevorkyan
Why a book by and about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the most prominent prisoner in Russia? He is the most intelligent of his generation, the only oligarch who neither went abroad nor submitted to Putin, the only one who has a vision of a different economy and a different society, concepts with which Russia would clearly have been better off in recent years than under the current government. He is the greatest threat to Putin and embodies the civil society counter-model to the latter’s myopic power politics, a bearer of hope for the post-Putin/Medvedev era – provided he survives his personal “Robben Island”.
While Khodorkovsky has already published several journal articles and corresponded amongst others with Ludmila Ulitzkaya, in this book he reveals for the first time very personal information. It has often been said of him that he is more computer than human, but for all the self-possession that distinguishes Khodorkovsky, here he reveals his fears, concerns, and hopes. He describes what led up to his arrest, who was responsible for it and what their aim was, what his years of imprisonment were like for him and how he faces the allegations against him. And he describes his meetings with judges and prosecutors, with guards and fellow prisoners, who include psychopaths and idiots, intelligent and interesting people, and with whom the exchange is worthwhile so as to survive and not to sink into solitude. This book shows clearly where he gets his strength from – books, which he reads everywhere and in every situation, play an important role – without which he would not have survived the seven years of his captivity.
Natalia Gevorkyan is the ideal partner for Khodorkovsky on this book project. Born in Moscow in 1956, she studied journalism at Moscow State University and worked for ten years in several East European countries. In 1989 she returned to the Russian capital out of enthusiasm for Gorbachev’s perestroika and worked for the Moscow News newspaper. In 1991 she received the American “Freedom of Press” prize, and in 1992 she published “The KGB is alive”. Since 1996 she has written for the respected Russian newspaper Kommersant, first as a special correspondent for politics and large-scale business, currently as the newspaper’s Paris correspondent. In 1998 she received the “Golden Pen” journalism prize, the Russian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, for her interview with General Pinochet. She has interviewed most of the oligarchs, and in 2000 published the first book of interviews with Vladimir Putin.