2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 22, 2014
Russian entrepreneur Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks not about his own decade-long imprisonment in Vladimir Putin’s jails, but about other political prisoners in Russia today—specifically, the case of the men and women imprisoned for peacefully protesting fraudulent elections in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow in May 2012. He honors the more than two dozen Russian people—some political activists, but most concerned citizens—who were selected for persecution after the protest in what Khodorkovsky condemns as a show trial. Khodorkovsky talks about the ordinary lives of some of these prisoners and urges the audience to spread the stories of these individuals, so that they and the values for which they stand—freedom and democracy—will not be forgotten.