The freeing of Khodorkovsky’s lawyer Svetlana Bakhmina is among the events being seen by some as heralding a new perestroika. Andrei Piontkovsky does not agree:
The current generation of the ruling nomenklatura owns enormous amounts of property. So it does not, cannot, have the remotest incentive to liberalise. On the contrary, it has far greater reason than its historical predecessors to fear even the slightest increase in freedom of information. Because journalists, parliament and, finally, the courts would then immediately start investigating the origin, scale and structure of their wealth.