Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian opposition figure and former owner of the Yukos Oil Company Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a press conference with Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs at the "Esperanza" hotel in Paunguriai village

Russia must change its power structure to get back on a democratic path, opposition figure says


Russian businessman and opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky recently released a new book, “The Russia Conundrum: How the West Fell for Putin’s Power Gambit — and How to Fix It.” He spoke with The World’s host Marco Werman about Russia, President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a news conference in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, April 27, 2014.

Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks out against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine

Global Politics

Naughty or nice? Why is Putin freeing prominent dissidents?

Conflict & Justice

There are many unknowns ahead for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, but he’s ready for the future

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Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

It’s going to be a merry Christmas for former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Conflict & Justice

Vladimir Putin offers an early Christmas present to a man once considered his biggest rival

Global Scan

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has spent a decade in a Russian prison colony, convicted of tax fraud and other malfeasance. But before he went to jail, he was the richest man in Russia — viewed as a legitimate challenger to Vladimir Putin. Some have speculated it was that threat, more than any misdeeds, that sent him to prison. But Friday, Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky and released him from prison. That and more in today’s Global Scan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

For Vladimir Putin, it’s been a very good year

Global Politics

President Vladimir Putin is in a gracious mood this holiday season. And why not? He snubbed the US by taking in Edward Snowden, he kept the US and its allies out of Syria, and prevented Ukraine from drifting westward. Maybe that’s why he’s pardoning so many high-profile opponents.


Putin says he’s not interested in imposing his will on anyone — but a jailed businessman would beg to differ

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A Russian-American journalist says Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “ruining” the country. She says the case of imprisoned businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an example of how Putin quashes political dissent.

Russian billionaire politician challenges Kremlin

Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, has announced that he will create his own political movement that wasn’t what he called a ‘puppet of the Kremlin.’

Russian Billionaire Politician Says He Was Ousted

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Mikhail Prokhorov is accusing political insiders of forcing him from the leadership of a fledgling political party called “Right Cause.”