French Version of Blog Launched Today

Today, on Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s 44th birthday, I’m proud to announce the launch of a French-language version of this blog, offering translations and unique content about human rights, politics, and the energy business in Russia for French speakers.


Since our launch last September, we’ve had a tremendous response to the English and German versions of the blog, and I hope that by offering our content and information on one more platform, we can help inform and contribute to the debate in France – an extremely important country for European relations with Russia following the “auto-pilot policy” of the Chirac era. There are some indications for optimism that France will be able to summon the political will to reassert its former status as an international defender of human rights, and make the difficult decisions necessary in order to get EU-Russian relations back to into the structure of a constructive engagement based on mutual respect, bound by the rules and norms of international laws and agreements.