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The Russian Conundrum: How the West Fell for Putin’s Power Gambit – and How to Fix It

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Martin Sixsmith

Thursday 5th October 16:40 - 17:40 | St Mary’s Church

Martin Sixsmith will tell the story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once a successful oil tycoon and one of the richest men in Russia, Khodorkovsky spoke out against the corruption of Putin’s regime and was punished by the Kremlin, stripped of his entire wealth, and jailed for over ten years. Khodorkovsky is now free and working as a pro-democracy campaigner in enforce exile. Sixsmith will discuss the current situation in Russia – the call for Putin’s removal from power; the growing disillusionment of the Russian population; and the need for the West to support Ukraine by increasing the supply of weapons and block the assets of Putin’s collaborators.


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