Newsletters / Russia must say “No!” to 16 more years of Putin. I have a different vision!

Mikhail Khodorkovsky published a book presenting his vision for Russia in reaction to recent discussion on changes to the Constitution. You can read the book (in Russian only) here. Mr. Khodorkovsky commented:

“Not only did Vladimir Putin’s speech confirm our previous assumptions over this mess, related to the amendments to the constitution, but it also highlighted key aspects of the ruling elite’s aspirations for the future.

These aspirations include:

  • The continued archaization of the country
  • Making it impossible to replace the current regime
  • Complete removal of any remaining independence of the court
  • The subordination of parliament, the government, and the president’s inner circle, with no transparency for any future legislation
  • Eradication of local government
  • International integration in terms of legislation and human rights will only depend on the interests of the Kremlin group.


I believe that this is a poor direction for Russia to take. It means that we should expect further economic and social problems. (…)

We cannot afford to sit by and allow this to happen!

We must say “NO!” to their plans. (…)

Does the opposition have a different vision of the future for the country? (…) Of course they do! Understandably there are disagreements on certain issues, but (discussion) this is what sets us apart from the Kremlin.  (…) We- are a civil society- a movement, a development. Even during disputes and struggles.

I offer my view on the future of the country, based on my personal vision, as well as after discussing with friends and experts. (…)

The archaic Kremlin has a clear and reasonable alternative.

What Putin is offering is a road to oblivion (or disaster). It is in our power to prevent this!”

You can read full statement here.