Russian police raided the Moscow headquarters of the opposition group “OpenRussia”, founded by former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Putin’s opponent, pardoned the end of 2013 after 10 years imprisonment. Militants were busy working on a documentary about the controversial pro-Russian leader of Chechnya, and current Prime Minister, Ramzan Kadirov.
The police-who also seized some computers – motivated the operation claiming to suspect activists were preparing banners and flyers calling for “extremist activity” for a rally organised by the opposition, scheduled for next Sunday. The news of the raid was released by the same opponent of Moscow President, via his website.
The arrest of Khodorkovsky, in 2003 on charges of tax evasion, was considered by most of the international media analysts a political manoeuvre, backed by Putin in an effort to get rid of one of the most powerful men in the country and that, before ending up in prison, had openly criticised the state of corruption in Russia. Amnesty International, have denunce irregularities in the the irregularities of the proceedings, and has always considered Khodorkovsky a “prisoner of conscience” thus asking on more than one occasion that he be released from prison.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati