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Global Media Forum

Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the GMF 2017

The founder and leading man of Open Russia Foundation.

Getting arrested and going to jail on charges of tax evasion and fraud didn’t stop Khodorkovsky from actively fighting for the fulfillment of human rights as well as free and fair elections. Being successful in business, he was the leading man of YUKOS, one of the world’s largest oil producers.

Khodorkovsky established the Open Russia Foundation in 2001 to build and strengthen Russia’s civil society. This movement also aims in connecting and uniting Russia’s citizens who seek a state that is governed by the rule of law. Describing Open Russia, Khodorkovsky states that it is a “horizontal alliance”, in which he refers to an immense number of ‘small civic groups’ that, unrevealed but true, actually have a deep impact on their own future. Open Russia aims to construct a solid and sustainable foundation for democratic governance when changes take place in Russia.