«Vesna» held a rally in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky today
Photo: © YDM «Vesna»
June 26 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous political prisoners in Russia - Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Of the 50 years he has already spent 10 behind bars. At first, he was put in jail for allegedly failing to pay taxes on «Yukos» (oil company). But even critics of Khodorkovsky acknowledged that the true reason for claims - political courage of businessman, financing opposition political parties and civil projects.
Fearing the release of Khodorkovsky to freedom, the authorities came up with a new case - former «Yukos» owner accused that he stole oil (his own oil by the way), the one with the sale of which has not paid taxes. The absurdity of the charges confirmed by many independent experts. Now under the prosecution are already experts themselves! They are pursued by the Investigation Committee, an economist Guriev was forced to leave the country. Not far off the third trial of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev.
We demand the immediate release of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev! In their place should be the real crooks and thieves - led by Putin.
Change Putin to Khodorkovsky!