September 23, 2014
MEMORANDUM: What is the ideal role for Mikhail Khodorkovsky?
What are MK's motivations re the Pro Europe Russia campaign?
Wants to make lots of money, to maintain connections and leverage in Russia while cultivating a legitimate persona in the west. A Russian pro-Europe political entity does this. And he isn't bound to this by law, he can also actively work against this behind closed doors. Major thing is that it allows him to appear legitimate to the West, we'll let him move in next door and pretend he didn't do what he did in the 1990s.
Trend MK reversed in the 2000's:
Rest of oligarchs fighting over shares of floundering companies, MK began to build the companies he owned and paying taxes on them.
Ideal Role for MK - reverse trend of capital flight:
Now the destructive trend in Russia is capital flight. Ideally, MK would encourage wealthy Russians to invest in Russia rather than to buy expensive Western real estate/sports teams. Build Russia rather than hide their wealth in the West…
We want Russia to be built and we don't want them to sell their forests to the Chinese.