Russia, Riches, and the Law

Filed in Gather News Channel by on July 24, 2008 0 Comments

Russia’s once richest oligarch is rotting away in a Siberian prison.  Mikhail Khodorkovsky made billions playing fastball with Russian oil and gas in the post-Soviet 1990s, but lost it all when he crossed Vladimir Putin politically.

Now heÂ’s fighting the Kremlin to get his freedom back, and has hired a lawyer from the Bronx – Robert Amsterdam – to help him do it.

Listen to an On Point discussion about a fallen billionaire in Siberia, and the future of riches, law and power in a rising Russian.

What does oil-rich Russia stand for today, at home and abroad?  Have you done business there and felt a tingle of fear?  Do you sympathize with the one-time billionaire now imprisoned six time zones east of Moscow?  Or not?


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