Opinion: How Mikhail Khodorkovsky came to identify with Putin

This January, the Vilnius-based Eastern Europe Studies Centre organized a big two-day international event for experts, politicians and intellectuals. The centrepiece of the second day of the conference was an address by Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky
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Ramūnas Bogdanas
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Part II: How Mikhail Khodorkovsky came to identify with Putin

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