What Motivates Putin?

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch, talks openly about his imprisonment, Vladimir Putin, and the American election.

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

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

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Interviewing Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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

JC: To Americans, Russia seems very determined to do things detrimental to us?

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

JC: What is Putin like?

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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.”

JC: What did you tell your parents?

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

JC: What is it about America that makes us a target?

“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.”

JC: Tell us about your civic movement, Open Russia.

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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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