15 Nov 2016

Russian opposition discussed in Helsinki what would happen after Putin

Open Russia Movement backed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky had its founding conference in Helsinki, Finland. The idea was how Open Russia would rule the country "after Putin".

Original article in Finnish Ilta Sanomat newspaper at http://www.iltasanomat.fi/kotimaa/art-2000001953063.html Translation into Russian and comments by Russian readers at http://inosmi.ru/politic/20161115/238203301.html



15.11.2016

Mikhail Khodokovsky


by Polina Kopylova

Helsinki hosted the founding conference of the Open Russia Movement founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The movement is preparing for the time when Putin leaves the office. Khodorkovsky himself was present, as well as many other well-known opposition activists.

Founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the "Open Russia" is preparing civil society activists to ensure that they can take responsibility for the ruling of Russia after Putin leaves his office.

The founding conference of the movement took place on 12-13 November in Helsinki. Taciturn Finnish guards checked the Russian-speaking guests with bright yellow badges at the entrance to the Messukeskus Helsinki exhibition center.

In the lobby there was an atmosphere of mystery: there were no signs, journalists' bags were examined carefully. It was the founding conference of the "Open Russia" movement. It was urgently relocated from Tallinn to Helsinki to avoid possible provocations.

This is a meeting of the Russian political opposition. It gathered 75 civil society activists from Russia. Besides Khodorkovsky there were many other prominent opposition leaders. Khodorkovsky, who was once Russia's richest man, in the early 2000s had a conflict with Putin and, as a result, spent ten years in prison on charges including tax fraud and embezzlement.

Khodorkovsky is now in its third year in exile, and he consistently invests his energy and resources into the development of civil society in Russia. The core of "Open Russia" was formed at the last parliamentary elections, when opposition activists supported by the "Open Russia" wanted to win seats in the State Duma [Russian Parliament].

In contrast to the Bolshevik emigrants a hundred years ago, "Open Russia" does not aspire to organize a revolution. The basic principles of the movement are based on two starting points. Russia is considered as part of Europe, so that the country with the help of reforms can be returned to the scope of European values. The second prerequisite is the fall of the Putin administration, which is to happen, as Khodorkovsky believes in the period from 2018 to 2024.

By this time, it is required to have trained specialists who could take responsibility for the management of Russia, as well as democratic reforms during the transition period. Training these people is one of the main objectives of "Open Russia".

"Open Russia" seeks to avoid mechanical replication of the European methods of governance, which was an unsuccessful solution for the reform in 1990s.

"It is needed to create interaction with the public. Gaidar Government (the first democratic government of Russia) consisted of intellectuals who knew how to run the country, but were not quite ready to interact. Maybe it was enough, but the citizens were not informed why it was required to do so. They had no opportunity to make their position known, which is why they felt abandoned and betrayed" Khodorkovsky said.

In his opinion, it is essential that the civil society activists are able to clarify the purpose of ongoing political reforms.

The aim of the founding conference was to change the organizational form of "Open Russia" and transform it into a national movement, which, in accordance with the law in Russia, does not have to be registered. After this, the movement would be able to operate openly nation-wide, particularly where political opposition and civic activities are limited.

According to its program, "Open Russia" in the first place seeks cooperation and interaction, supporting their own citizens' initiatives at the ground level, including local demonstrations within the law, such as the strike of farmers or truck drivers. The movement should go beyond the boundaries of a party and accept different views of its members.

For example, Maria Baronova, recently elected to the board of the Moscow activist movement to protect human rights, does not oppose the annexation of Crimea to Russia, causing discontent among other members of the movement. But that does not harm the movement that shares a common goal: the return of democracy in Russia.

The foundation of the movement, which participants sincerely welcomed at the end of the meeting, is only the beginning. The Russian activists are awaiting a lot of things: the civil society of the country is in a very restrained circumstances; even routine work is associated with great risks such as detentions, and possibly, political trials.

Comments





00:32 15.11.2016 | 7

Cactus


Finland lowered itself to the organization of gangster gatherings in its territory

00:51 15.11.2016 | 4

as99


>In his opinion, it is essential that civil society activists are able to clarify the purpose of ongoing political reforms

namely, to see that a certain criminal could become a super-billionaire. Nothing personal just business.

01:05 15.11.2016 | 6

ER


... In the yard there is order and cleanliness. Behind the fence, sterilized mongrels are yapping.

01:16 15.11.2016 | 6

Yadovity Gad


These same "experts ready to take on the management of Russia" [we] will drown them en masse in the Moscow River.

02:06 15.11.2016 | 7

olgval


The conference was planning Clinton to win, and then came the bad luck...

02:15 15.11.2016 | 5

zigor.2016


If the reason for which he was released [from jail] is no longer existent, it is time for him to return to his home - the prison cell.

02:20 15.11.2016 | 3

Alistr


Oh, this louse was released too soon!

03:23 15.11.2016 | 3

rj45


A gang consisting by half of thieves and by half of liberasts [liberals] is preparing itself to rule Russia? To sell it to the US and Brussels? More likely is that you gentlemen will be downed while flying to Russia, than we will surrender to Western values. It is better for you gentlemen, to sit in your EU and lay low.

04:32 15.11.2016 | 1

AAndrey


[it is proposed ] to revoke the Russian citizenship of the "activists" and deny their entry to the territory of Russia.

4:39 11/15/2016

AntiNeo


I have two remarks:

1. "... so that the country with the help of the reforms can be returned to the scope of European values." Did you ask the country if it really needs your Euro values??? Gays, pedophiles, bestiality, desecrated Church, sex lessons in kindergartens??? Or maybe it's time to look at [return to] our own values?

2. Never a revolution stemming from the top will succeed in Russia. It is required to incite the "rabble". And it is difficult to explain for the rabble [ordinary people] why they will need to have a boyfriend in bed [reference to gay sex] and that it is totally good and normal. And why such [gay] weddings are generally in the order of things! People will not understand [this], but rather use their shotguns to put a bullet in the head of such an "activist".

04:51 15.11.2016 | 1

Cognacs-Vodkin


>Founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky movement of "Open Russia" is preparing civil society activists to ensure that they can take responsibility for the management of Russia after Putin leaves office.

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It would be better if Khodorkovsky could teach those "activists" how to make slippers, this skill will surely be useful to them [reference to what Khodorkovsky allegedly was doing while in prison].

04:59 15.11.2016 | 2

Yarky


That's interesting, but when Khodorkovsky was expelled from Russia?

05:00 15.11.2016 | 2

Begushy Po Lezviyu Britvy


It is a meeting of the Russian political opposition. It gathered 75 civil society activists from Russia. Besides Khodorkovsky there were many other prominent opposition leaders present.

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a handful of fringes under the leadership of a criminal thief, they are even afraid to say the names of those "known" [activists].

5:06 11/15/2016

jktu Cnfybckfdjdbx


This person knows how to get his hands on something in Russia. Not altruistic at all, is he? Obviously there is an interest...

And when the "after Putin" occurs, then the claims under the Yukos [case] will be repaid with an interest

5:18 11/15/2016

suslik


Was Bozena Kuritsyna there? Such a nice Minister of Culture she would be, wow!

6:02 11/15/2016

Andrew K.


Lenin in a tent?

6:04 11/15/2016

Penelope


"In the lobby there was an atmosphere of mystery: there were no signs, journalists' bags were carefully examined. Founding conference of the movement" Open Russia..."

So it was a parody?))))

6:22 11/15/2016

Retro Grad


According to its program, "Open Russia" in the first place seeks cooperation and interaction, supporting their own citizens' initiative at the ground level, including local demonstrations within the law, such as the strike of farmers and truck drivers.

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Just look at this!

A brilliant wording.

Instead of dealing with the causes and eliminating defects, [they] will support the strike of "truckers and farmers" !!!

Actually this is the political purpose of the "movement".

Mr. Khodorkovsky!

You are a bad theorist of a "political opposition", far behind Comrade Lenin or Prince Kropotkin.

Misha! [short for Mikhail Khodorkovsky] read the fucking manual and learn the ABC!!! You have studied Lenin's works, taken exams in political economy and the history of the CPSU [Communist Party of Soviet Union].

7:08 11/15/2016

Vladimir Stalin


Khodor [abbr. slang for Khodorkovsky] will soon be taken by Interpol to jail, and he is still yelping to change power in Russia!!!!



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