Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia : Khodorkovsky – most famous political prisoner

Posted by Info on 20/07/2009

Protection under rule of law and preservation of political freedoms are human rights.Amnesty International defines a political prisoner as

“any prisoner whose case contains a significant political, in a broad interpretation of the word, element – either the motivation of the actions of the prisoner, the actions themselves, or the motivations of government authorities.”

The long list of due process and human rights violations that have characterized Khodorkovsky’s treatment, and tarnished the Russian government’s reputation, began immediately after Khodorkovsky’s arrest. His requests to be released on bail were denied despite the fact that numerous prominent Russian citizens, including members of the Duma, provided guarantees that Khodorkovsky would not leave the country. His lawyers were illegally searched and documents seized, and the Russian Government brought (unsuccessful) disbarment proceedings against nearly every member of his legal team.

Who is Khodorkovsky and why he become the most famous political prisoner in Russia in those days?

Khodorkovsky is known to the world for his commitment to transparency and corporate governance in business as well as his contributions to the development of civil society in Russia.

Prior to his arrest, by masked special forces troops armed with automatic weapons Mikhail Khodorkovsky was known throughout the world as Russia’s most successful businessman and leading philanthropist. He actively promoted civil society, fought corruption, encouraged foreign investment, and sought to integrate Russia into the world community. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a patriot whose continued imprisonment is a scar on the Russian political landscape.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky built YUKOS into one of the most successful businesses in Russia by bringing the best talent and best practices known in the oil industry. He, along with Platon Lebedev, introduced modern technology and management skills into what had been a nearly bankrupt Soviet-style energy producer. Wishing to share his success with his country, Khodorkovsky became a leading philanthropist, contributing millions of his own for civil society foundations, education programs, and student scholarships.

read more here about Khodorkovsky’s life

read more here about Khodorkovsky’s trial

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