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Russia – Ukraine. Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry Kasparov called on the West to take firm action against Russia

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry Kasparov, during a meeting with the Russian opposition, which took place during the Munich Security Conference, called on the West to take firm action against Moscow, Radio Svoboda reported on Sunday. “The Russians have to understand that Moscow is losing,” said Kasparov, a former world chess champion. De-escalation and a truce on Kremlin terms would be unacceptable, added Khodorkovsky, the former head of the Yukos oil company.

– A necessary condition for any positive changes in Russian society is victory Ukraine – said former world chess champion Gary Kasparov. “Russians need to understand that Moscow is losing, for example, if they were to return the annexed Crimea to Ukraine,” he said. He called on Western countries to help Ukraine by all means to win the ongoing war.

Demonstration of support for Ukraine in Munich, during the Security ConferencePSP/EPA/ANNA SZILAGYI

Khodorkovsky: The West should not be afraid of an escalation of hostilities

opinion Mikhail Khodorkovsky The West should not be afraid of an escalation of combat operations. The former head of the Yukos oil company decided that de-escalation and a truce on the terms of the Kremlin would be unacceptable. This would mean that the thief would be able to escape with the loot – said the oppositionist.

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Journalist Zhanna Nemtsova argued that Western countries should not be afraid of possible chaos in Russia in the event of the fall of the current government. Such fears are fueled by the Kremlin itself and it is important to overcome them, argued the daughter of Boris Nemtsov, the former pro-reform deputy prime minister of Russia, who was murdered in 2015 in Moscow.

Representatives of the Russian authorities were not invited to the conference this year, but representatives of Russian civil society and the opposition did attend. Apart from Khodorkovsky, Kasparov and Nemtsova, the session was attended by Irina Shcherbakova, a representative of the Memorial association honored in 2022 with the Nobel Peace Prize, which fights for the rule of law and defends human rights.

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