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Mikhail Khodorkovsky
By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Today, a skilled manager makes more than the owner. And owners fight each other to get the skilled managers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

A left turn in the fate of Russia is as necessary as it is inevitable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Every politician deep inside is authoritarian. If the person doesn't have ambition, that's not a politician. Society needs to put every ambitious, every effective politician into such a position that it helps - that this person helps improve society. That's why I'm always talking about need to change the system rather than should we go with Navalny or Gudkov or Yavlinsky or Khodorkovsky. We all have our ambitions. We're all ambitious people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I am working in my office. I've got a boss who tells me what to do. He's got a boss who tells him what to do. And above him is another boss who probably is telling my boss in the same way - or my boss' boss in the same way what to do. In actuality, this is not the way things work. Management science says that that kind of a chain doesn't work more than three levels up.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

What's important to me now is to uphold my good name and achieve a fair court decision - the past cannot be recovered anyway.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Putin doesn't conduct elections in the Western sense of elections. This is more accurately probably described as a plebiscite, where people are supposed to express their support for him. The Russian system is not unique in this respect, but it is rather interesting. Here, in the West, the impression that people have is that Putin runs the whole country. This is not so, at all. To a certain extent, you could say that he runs the Kremlin, and this means that it's, in some situations, hard to tell whether it's him running the Kremlin, or the people around him running him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian people really don't like it when somebody does horrible things in Russia, and then can calmly go travel to another country and spend time there. And this is what needs to be done: the Russian people need to be told this, because in today's world, just doing something is not enough. You've got to tell about it, too. If you've done something and haven't told about it, it's as good as if you hadn't done it at all.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

There are people who are at fault for one or another problem. These people are very avaricious and self-serving. They're not doing it just to do it; they're doing it for the money. That money, they keep here. When you say, "We're going to find these people, these guilty people, the ones who are not only breaking laws but are also hurting their own fellow country people," and you say, "We're going to punish them, specifically, that's a step in the right direction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

People expect some kinds of decisions from Putin that will help them see their own future. A significant part of the people that he relies on are quite content with him telling them that nothing is going to change. But that part of the elite that does want to see some changes and improvements are going to expect him to, in his next term, bring Russia back into the club of the great powers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Part of the people here are interested in the same thing that Putin is interested in: Putin wants to have America as an enemy. Part of Americans want to have Russia as an enemy. It's advantageous. The other part of the people are just ordinary people. And these people project onto big objects the kind of relations that they have with small objects in their everyday lives.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I'm not an ordinary prisoner.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

My parents were Muscovites. They worked at the Kaliber factory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I like everything to be dependable, heavy, English furniture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

And so, now things that are important are, for example, the upcoming elections. It's important that society demonstrate that it is not pretending that these elections are elections.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Large companies cannot finance political parties as their shareholders and employees have different political views.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

If we talk about changes of power in Russia, that has occurred several times in the past century. After Stalin came Khrushchev, who implemented his legacy quite radically, one could say. But there was no blood, nonetheless. After Brezhnev came Gorbachev. I'm not talking about the ones who were in power for only a short period of time. Gorbachev, too, left a very radical legacy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I knew President Yeltsin well. He would never have tolerated government officials demonstratively showing off the millions they acquired through corruption, the way it's done today.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

My father was a construction engineer, and my mother was a production engineer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Opposition work is not without its dangers. But if you've chosen a job like that for yourself, you then subsequently shouldn't spend your time every second thinking, oh my God, what might happen to me? Oh my God, what might happen to me? Your colleagues include quite a large number of war correspondents. Their job is not the least dangerous in the world, either.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The structure of the company is constantly changing. The composition of the necessary working groups is constantly changing. We have many divisions that are based on the project principle, which means that they are put together for each project.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russia on its path has oftentimes discussed and overdiscussed what had happened earlier, instead of moving forward. The result is always the same: It is very difficult to move forward when you're looking backward.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Putin doesn't need Donbass (east Ukraine). He wants to determine the fate of the world at talks with a U.S. President, putin is dreaming of getting a deal with the United States about a new-old order for the world, when the world is split on zone of influence. When you cannot interfere in someone else's zone. Not even to mention internal politics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

It's a very erroneous strategy to try to push the Russian opposition to unite. First of all, the opposition is addressing different parts of Russian society that have differing points of view. And besides, a united opposition is a nice big target that the authorities have a much easier time fighting. And besides, resisting an authoritarian regime with an authoritarian opposition merely means that, in the event of victory, you're just doing yet another round of the same old, same old.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Navalny is doing a very important thing in his segment of society. Gudkov is a doing a very important thing in his segment of society. Yabloko, or more accurately, some of the leaders of the Yabloko party, are doing a very important job in their segment of the population, people such as Schlosberg. And our organization Open Russia is also doing important work with its segment of society, because those people who are focused on us, our segment, they're not part of those other segments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Fortunes are made, and disappear, over the lifetime of a single generation. Today, a person in essence takes his wealth from society just for the duration of his or her lifetime. The next generation has to create it anew.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

People take the lazy way out, and do not regard Putin and the Kremlin as the real enemy. They create a long but erroneous chain in their heads. Putin is the leader of Russia. Putin does X, therefore Russia is doing X, and Russia is our enemy. And so, we introduce sanctions, for example, against Russia.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

To admit guilt for nonexistent crimes is unacceptable to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Putin has an obvious problem. His country's economy is in stagnation. He needs to constantly be pointing a figure at who is at fault. America is at fault. He needs to show those fronts - those directions in which he is defeating America. In Syria, for example, in Syria, he is defeating America; not ISIS, he's defeating America.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I have to travel a lot, but relaxation to me is when I am at home.