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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Founder, Russian Anti-War Committee; Former Political Prisoner
Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a founder of the Russian Anti-War Committee. A successful businessman, Khodorkovsky was head of YUKOS, Russia's largest private oil firm, where he established international management codes of practice, and substantially increased production. An early supporter of democratic change, at a televised meeting with President Putin in early2003, he criticised endemic corruption. Later that same year he was arrested, and jailed on charges of tax evasion and fraud, charges, which he denied and vigorously defended. Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International; and finally released in December 2013. Today, Khodorkovsky advocates an alternative vision for his country: a strong and just state, committed to observing human rights, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.