Russian Politics, & Personalities

Khodorkovsky: a few thoughts

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You know, I always imagined the day of Khodorkovsky’s release would be a sort of — to use the common cliché — “Mandela Moment”.  And the fact that it did not happen that way feels very upsetting.  Some of my disappointment stems from my own too high expectations, of course.  But I have to wonder if that wasn’t the goal from Putin’s point of view.  By staging Khodorkovsky’s release the way he did, Putin managed to portray the former Yukos chief as a sellout.  And at his press conference in Berlin today, Khodorkovsky did little to dispel that impression. 

For example when asked about his future plans:

I am not going into politics, which I mentioned in my letter to President Putin and have stated many times in the past. I am going to get involved in social activities. In other words, struggling for power is not my cup of tea.

When asked about his personal feelings toward Vladimir Putin, Khodorkovsky responded:

I didn’t have to be out-of-proportion emotional about this because I realised that my family wasn’t suffering. That they were humane vis–à–vis my family. And because of that, I thought I should also be pragmatic.  And when you are pragmatic, you don’t need to do things which are as dramatic as hatred would be, or revenge.

But I think Vicki Boykis summed it up best when she tweeted:

The big news from Russia is that nothing has changed there since the 15th century, only now we have confirmation via Twitter.

Written by Nina Jobe

December 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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  1. have you seen this

    Если вопрос стоит так: отделение Северного Кавказа или война — значит, война»
    independent to s.caucas or war- war -said khodorkovsky
    мы Северный Кавказ завоевали.Это наша земля, мы ее завоевали- we took in force s.caucasus and this is our land



    December 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

  2. I really don’t understand why some people have these expectations about him. What do you see in him? I only see a greedy narcisist.


    December 23, 2013 at 7:20 AM

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