Khodorkovsky did not support Navalny calls for a boycott of the elections

Khodorkovsky did not support Navalny calls for a boycott of the elections

Mikhail Khodorkovsky urged to vote in the presidential election for any “suitable candidate”, but “pre-determined winner.” This tactic, he suggested that instead of Navalny calls to boycott the elections.

The founder of the “Open Russia” and former head of the YUKOS oil company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, made in his Facebook with the programmatic statement about the upcoming presidential elections in Russia. A boycott of the vote in a low number of participants Khodorkovsky called “self-justification of inaction for the layman”.

Instead, in his view, the democratic movement has three objectives, namely, “to achieve the registration of all willing candidates can collect votes”; “to support promotion of the candidate of fundamental issues that are important to the future of Russia”, and also “to take part in the protest will”.

Under the last thesis, as explained by the opposition leader, he understands not vote “against Putin” and “any reasonable candidate”, and in his absence — against all (the supporters of this idea, according to Khodorkovsky, will have to spoil the ballot). “The important fact of the refusal to vote for the predetermined winner, and not the denial of their civil rights,” — said the founder of the “Open Russia”. A vote the opposition called a step to the influential civil society, and the rejection of him — “a manifestation of indifference to the fate of the country.” Earlier, Khodorkovsky called the tactics of “active boycott”.

In addition, as noted Khodorkovsky, under “important for the future of Russia” questions he realizes the following topics — decentralization and federalization of the country and budgetary autonomy at regional and local level;

the independence of the judiciary in the extension of the powers of the jury; the exclusion of the role of the Kremlin and the FSB in the appointment of judges and the definition of judicial decisions; and the gradual transition to a parliamentary form of government with a drastic reduction of presidential powers in the domestic sphere.