Russian Liberals Won't Lead the Revolution

Exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is asking the West to look beyond Putin, but he offers no credible alternative.

Don't follow the ex-oligarch.

Photographer: Gianluca Colla

What Russia will be like after Vladimir Putin is probably the most important question for everyone with a stake in the country's future. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and now a political exile, is optimistic he'll have a role to play. But his plans may put him on the same path toward political irrelevance that another Russian billionaire, Boris Berezovsky, followed after leaving Russia.

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