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Khodorkovsky changes his mind and recognizes Crimea part of Ukraine

Russian opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky notes that he believes in the success of Ukraine and considers Crimea a part of it.

Khodorkovsky changes his mind and recognizes Crimea part of Ukraine

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian opposition politician, former owner of the Yukos Oil Company, and creator of the social movement "Open Russia", said that he considered Crimea the part of Ukraine. He stated it last night, speaking at Stanford University, Joinfo.ua reports.

"Before our meeting, I tweeted Putin's speech he delivered in 2008, when he said that Crimea was no doubt the Ukrainian peninsula. What can I say if the president says so?" said Khodorkovsky.

He acknowledged that under the current regime in Russia, Ukraine would not see stable peace, but still he believed in the possibility of the Ukrainians to put their country on its feet, despite pressure from the Kremlin.

"We all can see that we can not trust this (Putin's – Ed.) regime. But can Ukraine become successful while Putin is running Russia? My answer is yes," he said.

Khodorkovsky said that he supported Ukraine and wanted it to become successful. "Not only because my friends live there, but also because it would be very significant example for Russia. If Ukraine is a successful country, democracy in Russia will come faster and with less blood," Russian opposition leader sums up.

It should be noted that in the autumn of 2014, Khodorkovsky said that only "another dictator" could return Crimea to Ukraine.