Putin and the Oligarch

The Khodorkovky-Yukos Affair
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The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil company, in October 2003, was a key turning point in modern Russian history. From being one of the world's richest and most powerful men, Khodorkovsky became Putin's prisoner. After two controversial trials, attracting widespread international condemnation (revealing accounts of which feature in the book) Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in jail. In this book, Richard Sakwa examines the rise and fall of Yukos and considers the relationship between Putin's state and big business during Russia's traumatic shift from the Soviet planned economy to capitalism, as well as Russia's emergence as an energy superpower. The attack on Khodorkovsky had - and continues to have - far-reaching political and economic consequences but it also raises fundamental questions about the quality of freedom in Putin's Russia as well as in the world at large.

In addition the author delves into the writings of Mr. Khodorkovsky in prison which show him to be a thoughtful critic of Russian reality.

'Only Richard Sakwa, with his unrivalled detailed knowledge of contemporary Russia, would be able to respond so quickly to Khodorkovsky's unexpected early release from prison with such a comprehensive account of his life to date, combined with a penetrating analysis of the significance of this crucial personality.'
Bill Bowring
author of Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power

'Richard Sakwa has provided a lively, balanced, and insightful account of the rise, fall, and regeneration of one of Russia's richest men and his confrontation with the country's leader.'
Peter H. Solomon Jr.
University of Toronto

'... the best account yet of Khodorkovsky's rise, fall and metamorphosis ...'
Mark Galeotti
Professor of Global Affairs
New York University


List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration and Translation
South African foreword by Daniel Plaatjies

Chapter 1 – Rise of the Citizen Oligarch
The birth of Russian capitalism
From banks to oil
The oligarchs are born
‘The experiment is over’
Corporate transformations
Personal life

Chapter 2 – The State and the Oligarchs
Equidistance and uniformity
Muddy waters
Business and the state
Between assaults
From equidistance to subordination
Opening Russia
The revenge of the state

Chapter 3 – Why Khodorkovsky?
A state within the state
Khodorkovsky’s defection
The merger of Yukos and Sibneft
Parliament and lobbying
Financing parties
The reorganisation of power
Foreign-policy struggles

Chapter 4 – The State Strikes Back
The anti-Yukos ‘politburo’
First arrests
Khodorkovsky’s response
Khodorkovsky’s arrest
First reactions
Political fallout

Chapter 5 – Basmanny Justice
Pre-trial detention
The criminal case
The first

Chapter 6 – Collateral Damage
Pichugin: The Tambov cases and Valentina Korneeva

Nefteyugansk and the murder of Petukhov
 The East Petroleum Handels case
(Yevgeny Rybin)
The Temerko case
The Bakhmina case
Vasily Aleksanyan
Antonio Valdés-García (Seibatdalov)
Other cases

Chapter 7 – The Trial of the Century
Further charges
‘A thief should sit in jail’
The system exposed
Pardon and parole

Chapter 8 – Russia on Trial
International commentary and resolutions
Appeals to the European Court of Human Rights

Chapter 9 – From Oligarch to Dissident
Business and the state
The crisis of Russian liberalism
Khodorkovsky as political philosopher and commentator
Property and freedom
First interview from jail
Freedom the Russian way

Chapter 10 – Russia Is Worthy of Freedom
The left turn
Realism or fatalism
Another left turn
The Medvedev years
Commentator on Russian politics

Chapter 11 – Return, Resistance and Reform Putin’s return
 The seeds of modernity
Presidential review
Pardon again
Putinism and the future

Chapter 12 – Conclusion

List of Acronyms