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“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

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