The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil
company, in October 2003, was a key turning point in modern Russian
history. From being one of the world's richest and most powerful
men, Khodorkovsky became Putin's prisoner. After two controversial
trials, attracting widespread international condemnation (revealing
accounts of which feature in the book) Khodorkovsky was sentenced
to fourteen years in jail. In this book, Richard Sakwa examines the
rise and fall of Yukos and considers the relationship between
Putin's state and big business during Russia's traumatic shift from
the Soviet planned economy to capitalism, as well as Russia's
emergence as an energy superpower. The attack on Khodorkovsky had -
and continues to have - far-reaching political and economic
consequences but it also raises fundamental questions about the
quality of freedom in Putin's Russia as well as in the world at
large. In addition the author delves into the writings of Mr.
Khodorkovsky in prison which show him to be a thoughtful critic of
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