Mikhail Khodorkovski has provided the most potent alternative to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “vertical” politics. With his brainy liberalism and humanism, he is, in the eyes of Russians and people around the world, the “un-Putin.” Yet in some respects, he seems to share the approach of both Putin and an apparent majority of Russia’s dominant political class concerning unrest in the Northern Caucasus and terrorism. Such attitudes do not bode well for a peaceful resolution of these problems.
Read more in the Huffington Post by Freedom Rights Project’s Aaron Rhodes here
(Photo of Mr. Khodorkovski taken in December 2013 upon his release from prison, by Mitya Aleshkovskiy)