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Khodorkovsky Imprisonment Highlights Repression and Corruption
On the tenth anniversary of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s arrest, Freedom House marks a decade of rampant corruption and political repression in Russia. It is illustrated by a Kremlin policy to silence critics of the regime and clamp down on civil society, while providing impunity for those who engage in gross human rights abuses.
Amid a rising number of political prisoners, Soviet-style “telephone justice”, and draconian legislation that strips Russian citizens of their constitutional rights and violates international norms, Khodorkovsky’s decade of imprisonment epitomizes what is wrong with the today’s Russian political system. Khodorkovsky is Russia’s most renowned political prisoner after having been one of the country’s most influential oligarchs and later a liberal philanthropist.
Marking Khodorokovsky’s anniversary of imprisonment, Freedom House remembers all victims of Vladimir Putin’s regime and dedicates today to all those imprisoned for political reasons.
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Photo courtesy PressCenter of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev / Пресс-центр Михаила Ходорковского и Платона Лебедева