Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a staunch Kremlin critic who went from Russia’s wealthiest man to its highest-profile inmate, remains upbeat about the country he fled upon his release from prison in 2013.
His vision of a future democratic Russia would be anchored by a decentralized government, including improved criminal investigations, and also offers a few surprises.
For one, he told Current Time TV in a wide-ranging interview, Russia is on a European path and has been for centuries. For another, he says, Russian citizens should be armed to defend themselves not from “criminals” but their “own government.”
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