“When I was released from prison in 2013, Russia seemed to be moving towards common European values and ideas. However, this all changed after the annexation of Crimea. Since then the country has been moving a different and worrying direction that runs contrary to those same European values. However, it is now clear that the Russian people have become sick and tired of the direction their country is heading. That’s why they are demanding that the government change Russia’s current direction. The goal of the projects I started in Russia is to support the people and social movements that are trying return Russia to its original, European trajectory. This can only be achieved through forming a new political class in Russia.
We’re working to ensure that, when everything collapses, Russia has political forces created with society’s understanding and recognition that will keep the country from making the same mistakes all over again. The goal is to show people both inside and outside of Russia that there is another model of existence in our country, open to the world, not isolationist. And we need political forces that will act with a clear plan, putting the country on a healthy, democratic track of development, guided by the rule of law, the separation of powers, and fair elections.” — Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Open Russia organises a variety of exciting and progress education programmes for Russians. These programmes are designed to equip future generations with the skills they will need to rebuild a democratic Russia after Putin.
The Open Russia media initiatives also promote independent and objective journalism; free press has been dismantled by the Kremlin and many Russians do not have access to objective information. Defying Kremlin censorship will help Russian citizens better understand the damage the current regime is doing to their country.
In today’s Russia political oppression is a fact of life. In the last few years alone serious sentences have been handed out for such things as attending peaceful street demonstrations and even sharing posts on Social Media.
You can help Open Russia provide support to victims and the families of victims of political repression by making a contribution. You can also support our educational and media initiatives, if you want to help Russians build their own future after Putin.
All contributions, no matter how big or small, are warmly welcomed.