Life After Prison: Khodorkovsky’s Interview with the Guardian

December 29, 2014
Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Shortly after the one-year anniversary of his pardon and release from prison, Mikhail Khodorkovsky sat down with the Guardian newspaper to talk about life in freedom, politics in Russia, and how he sees his role in promoting social change in the country.

During the interview, Khodorkovsky says that he has neither the time, nor the desire to continue his prison diaries, and insists he has no dreams, no flashbacks to his time in jail. “I’m completely calm. It happened, so, whatever. Time to move on.”

“It was very difficult over 10 years to take part in all these processes with predetermined results, in all these little insults, which happened later on in the camps,” Khodorkovsky says in the interview. “So I gave myself intellectual exercises, and set to work thinking about what mechanism there should be for the transition period. Where we need to get to is clear enough: a state governed by the rule of law. Full stop.”

“The question is: am I prepared to go all the way? And yes, I am prepared to go all the way.”

Read the full interview on the Guardian website.