Leading Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson
has called for the release of Russia’s most prominent political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured).
Speaking in the European Parliament in the week that marks 10 years since Mr Khodorkovsky’s arrest and imprisonment, he said
: “In those ten years he has gone from being Russia’s most successful businessman to being its most prominent political prisoner. He was jailed on politically-motivated charges because he financed an opposition party. But he worked for a vibrant civil society, he denounced corruption, and he nurtured democratic politics.
Sir Graham, also President of the European Liberal Democrat Party
, added: “Today civil society is harassed and intimidated, corruption is rampant, and political parties are silenced. Today’s reality in Russia makes Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s vision more important than ever. Russia needs reform. It needs enlightenment. It needs a change of direction. It needs men and women like Mikhail Khodorkovsky to bring the country towards its true place in Europe. He should be released from prison immediately.
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