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2015.09.08 13:45

Khodorkovsky: Baltic states may be next target, if Russia not stopped

BNS, DELFI.lt, DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

  If the Russian invasion to Ukraine started by President Vladimir Putin is not stopped, the Baltic or the Balkan countries could be the next target, says Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky who has spent more than a decade in Russian prison.

If the Russian invasion to Ukraine started by President Vladimir Putin is not stopped, the Baltic or the Balkan countries could be the next target, says Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky who has spent more than a decade in Russian prison.

“I believe that if no serious resistance is offered to Putin by Ukraine or Western countries, his next target could indeed be the Baltic or the Balkan states. I do not doubt that Lithuanian leaders understand this well and do not sit idle,” Khodorkovsky told the Lietuvos Rytas daily during a visit in Lithuania. He was released last December.

Speaking about the Russian actions in Ukraine, he said: “Putin and his environment deceived themselves and miscalculated to some extent and have nowhere to retreat now.”

“After the attempt to gain grounds in Crimea and successfully taking it, they cannot stop. They have to move forward, although nobody is harming Russians in Crimea or Ukraine, as stated by Putin’s propaganda,” the daily cited Khodorkovsky as saying.

Khodorkovsky, one of the shareholders of Yukos oil concern, was detained in 2003. He was one of the wealthiest persons in Russia and one of the few critics of Putin at the time. Khodorkovsky’s Yukos oil concern was later taken down, and his supporters maintain that the charges against him came as punishment for financing Russia’s political opposition.

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