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MOSCOW, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — Russian media outlets commented on the answers by former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky to readers of the Echo Moscow website. He believes that Russia is facing stagnation, crisis and revolution.
Khodorkovsky, sentenced to 13 years on charges of oil theft, stated he did not intend to revenge himself on the authorities.
The former Yukos CEO said he would not be seeking revenge and that he had no plans to run for president, because "changing the society" is more interesting to him, the "Izvestia" writes. In his opinion, the country faces "long stagnation," a political crisis and change of government through revolution.
The newspaper cites Khodorkovsky as saying that the basic error of the post-Soviet Russia is the "elimination of the system of deterrents and counterbalances in the Constitution of 1993" while the country's systemic problem is that it is "stuck halfway between empire and nation state. "The country should not depend on personal qualities of one person," he underlined.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky who is serving a sentence in a prison in Karelia, believes that the situation of the Russian industry matches Europe's industry as it was 30 to 50 year ago, the "RBK Daily" underscores. Also, the former Yukos CEO is confident that high-tech production is possible in Russia and that it is a question of governance.
Answering questions about his participation in the presidential polls, Khodorkovsky said he would not run for president. "No. Although I know about the life of different Russians, I consider myself liberal intelligentsia, and all that I have written over these years, has been written for it. The role of Russian intelligentsia is not to vie for power, but to change the society. This is what I'm interested in," he explained.
Khodorkovsky's lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant stated that his defendant would not ask for parole, as he believes that "the system' has already answered him, the "Vedomosti" writes. In Khodorkovsky's opinion, the sanctions the prison administration applied to him is "a result of senseless zeal by bureaucrats at the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN)." The decisions on his fate were made at top level. On Monday, the Segezha town court upheld the sanction levied on Khodorkovsky in August for his giving a pack of cigarettes to a fellow inmate.