It appears that Mikhail Khodorkovsky has quite a number of images in Russian cultural discourse. He is the oligarch who "stole money from the Russians." He is also a martyr and "a prisoner of conscience" who suffered from Putin's regime. And yet again, he is the opposition leader trying to rally his Russian compatriots in the blogosphere. Based on this module's readings and videos, explain how these (and perhaps other?) images co-exist as part of Russia's collective perception of Khodorkovsky. Do you feel that the director of the film Khodorkovsky takes a particular stance towards this former oligarch?
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Running head: KHODORKOVSKY
In the cultural discourse of Russia, it appears that Mikhail Khodorkovsky has a number
of images; he is viewed as the oligarch who “stole money from the Russians” due to his wealth
and failure to pay taxes and a “prisoner of conscience” who suffered from the regime of Putin,
the then president of Russia. Fu...