Friday, June 10, 2005

Khodorkovsky's case: an opinion

Russian tycoon, turned a crusader-for-civil-society-and-democracy, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. In the West, many think the verdict was yet another evidence of the growing authoritarianism of the Putin regime.
Here's what Oleg Kashin, a journalist with the Russian daily Kommersant, had to say on the subject:
No one would deny the injustice of the court, which has deemed the accused guilty, doesn't suffice to consider him innocent. The trail itself was a mockery of justice.... Yet, only naive people can consider Khodorkovsky an honest man.[emphasis mine - I.Kh]

It sums up pretty much what I think of the case myself.


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