Khodorkovsky on Judicial Reform

The Associated Press is carrying a story on the article published in the Kommersant Vlast weekly by Mikhail Khodorkovsky on judicial reform:

“What we have today is a justice system of which two-thirds does the bidding of the government and the rest does the bidding of corporations,” Khodorkovsky wrote in the opinion article in weekly magazine Vlast. (…)

Russia’s history of corrupt courts goes back to czarist times, and the country has never had a justice system that gave a “fair chance to both master and servant, the strong and the weak,” Khodorkovsky wrote. “Human rights are only possible in a country where citizens can file a complaint to the court that is completely independent from the legislative and judicial powers.”