November 15th, 2011

Pavel Khodorkovsky writes on to mark eight years since father’s arrest

Pavel Khodorkovsky

Pavel Khodorkovsky, oldest son of jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, writes on’s opinion page about the nascent but growing opposition movement in Russia and how his father is playing a role through his writings, encouraging the younger generation to take part.

Pavel says that despite Putin’s expected return to the presidency, most Russians would prefer living in a free, modern society instead of one marked by authoritarian rule:

The generation coming of age has ambitions to live better, build new businesses and advance their careers without paying a single ruble in bribes. They believe that change will come – in months or years and not decades – regardless of Putin’s return to power because most of Russian society wants to move forward.

You can read Pavel’s full piece here:

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