Glucksmann Defends Khodorkovsky in French and German Press

A full translation of the Glucksmann article is forthcoming. In the meantime, the momentum continues in the German press… From Sight and Sound‘s press round up:

Die Welt 02.11.2007 Andre Glucksmann writes an appeal for Mikhail Khodorkovsky who is locked up in Siberia and who, Glucksmann predicts, will play a similar role in his country to that once played by Andrei Sakharov. “Khodorkovsky no innocent lamb. But then neither was Sakharov, the physicist who invented the Soviet hydrogen bomb. But when he became aware of the suppression and bondage around him he started hiding dissidents and made a stand against the red dictatorship. Khodorkovsky, the boss among bosses, struck against the return of autocracy. Many Russians, and Anna Politkovskaya in particular, told me that because he was rich, ordinary people mistrusted him, but in Russia, ‘if you go into jail and you don’t bend to the will of the powerful, you are purged in the public eye.’ Abandoned by the world, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s resistance has made him a oppositional figure in the ranks of Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Bukowski.” (The article originally appeared in Le Monde.)