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KHODORKOVSKY PRESENTS CLEAR PROGRAM TO TRANSFORM RUSSIA
Author: Darya Garmonenko, Velimir Razuvayev
(By Darya Garmonenko and Velimir Razuvayev. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Nov. 9, 2016, p. 1. Condensed text:) Mikhail Khodorkovsky has published a draft program for the Open Russia movement, whose inaugural congress is to take place Nov. 12 - 13 in Helsinki. For the first time, the ex-head of Yukos decided to disclose more or less concrete steps [to reform Russia], complete with supplementary references to the country’s history. However, the declaration of political intentions contains a fair share of populism.
The political emigre is apparently not going to fight the regime: It will destroy itself, he says. Instead, Open Russia will focus on current and prospective post-Putin agendas.
Accordingly, preparing for the possible "fall of the regime" is the most important aspect of the program. It includes the formation of a transition team that will show people that "their lives could be so much better." "A detailed plan for the impending changes" will be developed. Social organizations will receive assistance protecting their interests in their struggle against state officials and monopolies. Politicians will receive support for participating in elections at any level. Potential acts of civil resistance will receive support.
The post-Putin agenda contemplates a number of measures for when the current president leaves and his successor is unable to cope with the legacy of the crisis. Immediately afterward, according to Khodorkovsky, "power [will be] transferred to a coalition of socially significant forces," which will "form the transitional government." It will have two years to implement the necessary economic and political reforms that will lead the country out of crisis and are "designed to facilitate an orderly transition from authoritarianism to democracy, and to prevent authoritarianism from rearing its head anew."
A total of seven reforms are planned. The first is Constitutional reform: organizing the transfer of power at all levels and transitioning to a presidential-parliamentary form of government. The government will ...