Interviews

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “Freedom is a swear-word in Russia”

Posted on August 14, 2017

Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks to German news website Spiegel Online about freedom, privatisation, YUKOS and the generational gap in Russia.   Spiegel Online: Three years ago you were unexpectedly released from prison with the help of an intermediary: the former German …

We Must Cut the Head off this Corrupt System

Posted on July 10, 2017

Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks to Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung Reinhard Veser (FAZ): It’s not long ago since protests took place across scores of Russian cities and Alexey Navalny’s election campaign is getting going right across the country.  Can we consider this the …

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: The Putin Vote is Driven by Hopelessness

Posted on June 20, 2017

Speaking at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Open Russia founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky explained why Vladimir Putin’s government may soon start to crumble, and why street protests are important in Russia.  Article translated from Deutshe Welle Vladimir Putin will not …

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Fear is on the rise in Russia, but so is fearlessness

Posted on May 4, 2017

Last week the Russian Prosecutor General’s office pronounced the UK-based organisation Open Russia officially ‘undesirable’ in a high-level attempt to intimidate and demoralise the Russian opposition.  Just three days after the decision – and two days after unmarked investigators raided …

Mikhail Khodorkovsky interview with ZDF

Posted on March 31, 2017

On the 16th of March 2017, Mikhail Khodorkovsky took part in an interview with Joachim Bartz from the German TV channel ZDF.  The discussion, held in Russian, ranged from political prisoners, Putin-populism in Europe and what needs to be done …

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