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Russian Liberal Punished In Jail

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian businessman who had the temerity to actually try forming a political party that might oppose the Putin way of running Russia, has been placed in solitary confinement in a Siberian prison for giving an interview to the Russian version of Esquire magazine. Khodorkovsky made millions in the world of business and then turned to the field of politics where he hoped to found a political party that would fight to restore the original principles of freedom that arose with the overthrow of the Soviet Union. He is currently in jail and will most probably face new charges of money laundering and embezzlement.

His lawyers are convinced the punishment is not so much for giving an interview but simply another form of humiliation for a brave man who believes in freedom. President Medvedev, a former lawyer, promised on taking office he would restore principles of law and due process to the nation. He might begin by freeing Khodorkovsky.