Khodorkovsky has said it is ready to cooperate with the party “Yabloko”

Ходорковский заявил о готовности сотрудничать с партией "Яблоко"

The former head of Yukos, the Chairman of the movement “Open Russia” Michael Khodorkovsky has declared its readiness to cooperate with the party “Yabloko”, provided that its founder Grigory Yavlinsky “will stop a solitary line.”

Khodorkovsky stressed that it has no strategic preferences in terms of party projects, and is ready depending on mutual needs to communicate with by any means.

“If Grigory Alekseevich stop reclusive line, of course,” said Khodorkovsky in an interview with “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, answering a question on the possibility of cooperation with Yabloko.

According to the former head of Yukos, he had not met with Yavlinsky after his release in 2013, but is ready to see him at any moment. However, he noted that if Yavlinsky wants to develop his party needed a serious change within the party. “And it would be right if the changes provided the Union relations with other democratic forces,” — said Khodorkovsky.

He added that he is not ready to work together with the Communist party. “And if they will become a normal left-wing social Democrats in Europe, then why not,” — said Khodorkovsky.

A big “case of Yukos” initiated in 2003, it separately highlighted the case of former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his former business partner Platon Lebedev and other Yukos senior employees, several of whom are wanted or convicted in absentia.

Co-owners of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev in 2005 were found guilty under six articles of the criminal code, including fraud, theft of funds from the state, the theft of valuable raw materials Apatite concentrate in large sizes, few non-execution of decisions of arbitration courts, evasion from payment of taxes physical and legal entities. They were sentenced to nine years imprisonment each, later reduced to eight years.

Khodorkovsky was pardoned by the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 20 December 2013. Lebedev in January 2014 reduced the sentence served and released from prison.