Most respondents believe that Russia would have been better off with Khodorkovsky the manager free rather than jailed.
Levada-Center sociologists say that 60% Russians are convinced that all decisions in the matter of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev are made in the corridors of power and not in courtrooms at all. Seventy-three percent of them disagree with this state of affairs and call it unfair.
Forty-five percent Russians approached by sociologists failed to offer a clear answer concerning objectivity of the YUKOS trial. At the same time, 56% of those who did have an opinion called the trial under way unfair and prejudiced.
Only 11% respondents called the trial fair and admitted the desire to “see an oligarch shoved behind the bars.”
Most respondents were convinced that Khodorkovsky out of jail, an extremely successful manager that he undeniably was, would have been an asset to Russia.
31 July 2009