Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Russia - Is the Era of Glasnost Over?

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was a businessman who paid a lot of taxes. Now he is a convicted criminal. He didn't flee his country, but tried to defend himself against the allegations made against him, trusting the system would, in the end, validify his actions.

Now, many feel he is being sacrificed because he dared question the system. He dared criticize a system that ended up destroying his business.

Regardless of all the hype that journalists may report, there are - obviously - many judicial details that we can't yet know all about. But nonetheless it is high time to ask the question: "Is the era of Glasnost over?"

Mikhail S. Gorbachev started a difficult process of reform, but now it does seem like much is lost due to pride and power struggles. Much like we see power struggles in the West, but still with a somewhat surprising turn in the sense of Khodorkovsky being sentenced to a work camp. Not worthy treatment of a former Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy...

What are your thoughts on all of this? You are welcome to leave a comment.

Happy New Year everyone. :-)

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