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Paul Goble on the Second Trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Paul Goble of Window on Eurasia, a former State Department official and scholar (see a bio on his newly syndicated column on the Moscow Times), discusses how the second trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky should be viewed from a rule of law perspective. Goble describes the second trial as “much worse than the first,” and is an example of “the use of state power to punish opponents of the regime,” which if allowed to continue, “would be the functional equivalent of the Reichstag fire.

We met with Goble on the morning of April 10th, 2009 in Washington DC as part of a new video series with various Russia experts, and we plan to upload numerous other segments of our discussion in the near future.