“We share European values, which are first and foremost values of a strong and just state with effective institutions and rule of law.” – Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Open Russia, a movement he founded this year.
“I have a responsibility towards civil society, the media and the people who helped get me released” he noted shortly after his release on December 20th, 2013.
“[Not being with the family] That is my huge debt which I do not know if I will manage to give back.” Khodorkovsky’s mother Marina Khodorkovskaya, who ran Koralovo Lyceum and campaigned for her son’s freedom, passed away in August.
“I want you to know that there is another Russia” he declared at Maidan. I believe that Russia and Ukraine have a common, shared European development path. And I wish you luck. Fight and you will overcome.” Maidan, Kiev
“Mikhail Borisovich, you became a symbol of truth about today’s Russia, symbol of weakness of Russian ruling elites and symbol of Russian pride and honor, courage and hope” said Adam Michnik giving Khodorkovsky the award of Man of the year of Gazeta Wyborcza
Since the launch of Open Russia on September 20th, more than half a million people have joined us on openrussia.org and participated in the Open Forums online and visiting the Open Lecture in Kaliningrad, St Petersburg, Voronezh and Ekaterinburg.
“If it [becoming a President of Russia] appeared necessary to overcome the crisis and carry out constitutional reform, so as to redistribute presidential powers in favor of the judiciary, parliament and civil society, I would be ready to take on this part of the work.” Le Monde Festival, Paris
“A return to the European values that lie at the foundation of the Euro-Atlantic civilization, – a mental and political return – is the starting point for the new political course that could help Russia work its way out of the historical snare it is now in.” Freedom House Awards dinner, Washington
“The European path means fair laws, their honest (the same for all) application, and, unconditionally, regular rotation of those in power, without which neither the first nor the second can be ensured.” Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
“The Russian democratic movement is in need of sophisticated and considerate influence rather than continuous pressure on Russia and Europe and I hope that the European civil society will help us foster such a coordinated effort.” Forum 2000, Prague.
What can we do for the political prisoners in Russia? It seems to me that the key words here are freedom and love for the Motherland, a sense of responsibility for our country’s future.” Oslo Freedom Forum
“How much damage it [the current regime] can cause in this time and what will come after it depends on our joint efforts.” Meeting with Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Brussels