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About Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is Russia's once-richest man who dared to challenge Vladimir Putin. Founder of the Menapet bank, and the major shareholder of the Yukos oil company, he was arrested in October 2003. Since then, he has been Russia's most famous political prisoner. 

Articles by Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

'Dreams of freedom? They undermine the fortitude of prisoners'

Today, 25th October, marks the tenth anniversary of the arrest of Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky, now Russia's most famous political prisoner. A short while ago, Ben Judah wrote to him asking about the circumstances of his imprisonment, and how that experience has changed him. This is what he said. 

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: final trial speech

oDR is proud to publish Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s final speech at his trial, which belongs in the tradition of great statements. It is a fine and eloquent summary of the larger problem Russia faces of being unable to modernize because of its governance. The court is expected to start pronouncing the verdict on Khodorkovsky on December 15.

The Khodorkovsky-Ulitskaya correspondence

Ludmila Ulitskaya  Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, sits in prison. Ludmila Ulitskaya, one of Russia's finest novelists, started writing to him. The two have never met, but their correspondence, just published by Novaya Gazeta, is making waves. The novelist asks questions he has probably never been asked before. Khodorkovsky answers with astonishing frankness. The letters make gripping reading.

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