Statements of Support (2003-2013)

Andrikiene, Laima Liucija MEP

“This Christmas will be his last behind bars, after ten years of injustice, political persecution and imprisonment. We eagerly await his release next August. Russia badly needs a change of direction. It needs people of the character and calibre of …

Walesa, Lech

“Of course, I believe that Khodorkovsky should not be kept in prison, and, if I had the opportunity to talk about this with Putin, I would ask him to free Khodorkovsky” Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland …

The United States Department of State

“Ten years ago today, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, then head of the Yukos Oil Company, was arrested in Russia and charged with multiple financial crimes. Mr. Khodorkovsky and his colleague Platon Lebedev remain in jail after being convicted in 2010 on new …

Gershman, Carl

“Khodorkovsky has become a symbolic figure representing a different way for Russia – Russia that is moving towards the future. As Polish intellectual and journalist Adam Michnick said that the release of Khodorkovsky from prison would be like Gorbachev bringing …

Sir Bruce, Malcolm MP

“I think that Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been very unjustly imprisoned by the Russian authorities. Not only that – they keep bringing new charges. The conduct of justice and the lack of independent judiciary, I think all points to the fact …

Zingeris, Emanuelis

“Mikhail… 10 years… I remember our remarkable meeting 10 years ago in Vilnius. You were speaking about Russia’s democratic future and you said remarkable words: ‘If one person will take a dominant position in Russia, then there won’t be any …

Sasi, Kimmo

“I am very saddened that Mr Khodorkovsky is still in prison, 10 years after his imprisonment; this time in Karelia – close to my own country, Finland. Mr Khodorkovsky tried to reform ways of doing business – to be more …

Woldseth, Karin MEP

“The Khodorkovsky case is an iconic example of what has become a systematic problem. A decade after his imprisonment, Mikhail Khodorkovsky remains the symbol of defiance and a victim of injustice. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, You are turning 50 this year; you …

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