Mikhail Khodorkovsky

is a Russian businessman and philanthropist. In the late 1990s he was one of the wealthiest men in Russia and owner of the petrolium company Yukos. On May 31, 2005, Khodorkovsky was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to nine years in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 8 years.


"The most important thing here is self-discipline...".

The Khodorkovsky-Ulitskaya correspondence

“Looking for loopholes in the law and exploiting them – this was the most that we allowed ourselves. And we got our kicks from showing the government the mistakes it had made in legislation.” Translated excerpts from the correspondence between Mikhail Khodorkovsky and novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya, first published in 2009 in Novaja Gazeta.

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