Putin Russia is a land which claims to be a democracy just as China insists it offers freedom of speech to all who agree with the government. Several years ago, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of Yukos, supported opponents of the Putin regime and was punished by a sham trial which sent him to Siberia and sent Yukos into the hands of the Putin crowd, After serving his sentence, Khodorkovsky and his partner, Platon Lebedev was once again placed on trial charged with stealing oil from their own company, and naturally they were convicted, and jailed until 2016. Amnesty International denounced the trial as a violation of human rights and identified the two men as prisoners of conscience. This upset the Russian Foreign Ministry which does not enjoy foreigners interfering in the internal affairs of their nation.
Nikola Duckworth, Amnesty International director in Europe, termed the trial a sham, and termed what has happened to these innocent men, “there can no longer be any doubt that their second trial was deeply flawed and politically motivated.” We beg to disagree, in Putin Russia there is freedom to support the programs of the Leader.