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Second Trial of Khodorkovsky

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The second trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev started on Tuesday. Putin’s goal is apparent: Khodorkovsky must stay in prison forever… given that Putin himself stays in power forever, of course.

The court of law was surrounded by riot police and plainclothes operatives since early morning, you couldn’t even freely enter the block where the court is located. Of course, it had nothing to do with terrorism. What the police was afraid of is just a small peaceful demonstration of Khodorkovsky’s supporters. They brought flowers for him, chanted “Freedom!”—and were arrested for that.

Two activists of Oborona managed to put a 10-meter-long banner “Free Khodorkovsky!” on a roof of Bohdan Khmelnitsky bridge opposite to the court. They were arrested minutes later.

Written by Oleg Kozlovsky

March 4, 2009 at 00:21

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  1. Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev’s new trial is just a symptom of the rot that infects Putin’s re- Stalinization of Russia. But, then, you Russians made a pact with the devil and your disgusting court system is what you deserve.

    You will keep your Sovok heads down and beg for your daily bread delivered to you by the siloviki and life will continue into oblivion.

    People ultimately get the government that they deserve. Correct me if I’m wrong, please.


    March 6, 2009 at 06:40

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