The Man Who Stood Up To Putin: Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The former Russian oligarch talks openly about Vladimir Putin, the election hacking, and the country Churchill referred to as a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a cage in a Russian courtroom (image: Business Insider)
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Interviewing Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I. Communist

“Do you want to follow a serious life path or do you want to play these silly perestroika games?”

II. Oligarch

“….in Russia, things are simpler, as these workers could simply beat me up and take me out.”

“I felt I was responsible for the company. I had to deal with it.”

III. Prisoner

“Don’t you realize you’ve created a factory for producing gangsters?”

IV. Putin

“I assure you, the Russians aren’t even thinking about the American elections.”

“Putin is someone who doesn’t like to spend too much time working, and neither is he a great organizer.”

“Putin mirrors you, so you see in him what you want to see in him.”

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Beslan school terror attack (image: CNN)

“This man, Putin, does not have a heart. He may have something else there, but it’s not a heart.”

V. America

“People can believe that the Americans are capable of doing all kinds of nasty things.”

VI. Future

“If I live to see the day that Russia gets a new political system, I will feel that this part of my life, too, has been a success.”

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Producer of Extraordinary Lives 2019 @TellyAwards for documentaries @ IconicVoices.tv; Author of Be Somebody @ jeffcunningham.com; ex-publisher @Forbes

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