MBK: Putin is just a bandit who has ended up in a position of power

January 13, 2021

Mikhail Khodorkovsky talked to Dmitry Gordon. In a leangthy interview he discussed his early career, time spend in jail as well as current and future political situation in Russia.

“Putin is just a bandit who has ended up in a position of power. You and I know that some of today’s states and countries were created by yesterday’s bandits, but the moment when a bandit constantly tried to take over and carve up some territory, led to the realisation that it would be good for the general population to live in prosperity, and that there are some common rules and laws etc. (…) Putin marks the beginning of this long journey (from lawlessness to normalcy)”

Watch the interview (in Russian only) here.

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