Past event

Invitation Only

The Quality of Freedom: Putin, Khodorkovsky, and the Yukos Affair

Chatham House, London


Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent, and Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme


The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil company, in October 2003, proved a turning point for post-communist Russia and for Vladimir Putin's presidency. By that time, Khodorkovsky had become one of the world's richest and most powerful men, while Yukos had been transformed into a vertically-integrated oil company that was set to go global. On all counts, this looked like a success story for Russia, but it was precisely at this moment that the authorities struck. Khodorkovsky was later sentenced to eight years in jail.

Professor Sakwa will present his new book on the Yukos affair, examining the rise and fall of the company, and its significance for the relationship between state and business in Russia.

Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.