A Russia This Friday (20) former world chess champion Gary Kasparov and former prince Mikhail Khodorkovsky were classified as “foreign agents”. Both opponents of President Vladimir Putin are in exile.
This title, reminiscent of the “enemies of the people” of the Soviet era, is used against rivals, journalists and human rights activists accused of engaging in economic and political activities abroad.
“Foreign agents” are subject to very complex regulations and procedures, and their non-compliance is subject to severe sanctions. They should mention this status in all their publications.
A new list published on their website states that Jodorkovsky, 58, and Kasparov, 59, have “resources” in Ukraine to finance their work.
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Mikhail Khodorkovsky was one of the most powerful businessmen Russia In the 1990s, when Putin came to power in 2000, he began to confront the Kremlin.
He spent ten years in prison between 2003 and 2013, then went into exile. For years, he funded Open Russia, the opposition organization in his country, which in May 2021 disbanded itself in the wake of increasing repression.
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