INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated December 2, 2019

March 29, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development

Russian Press Review: INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE TO HAVE DIVISION FOR CONSIDERING CASES OF THE POLICE

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Head of the Centre of Political Technologies Boris Makarenko shares this point of view: “Nobody doubts it necessary to control the Interior Ministry. But control of the kind is usually provided by prosecution. If the Investigative Committee claims its position, it cannot be considered other than another round of competition between the committee and prosecution. We see many examples of competition between authorities, where quite often the result is lack of control and lower effectiveness of the functions the authorities have.”

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THE KHODORKOVSKY ENDGAME

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Moreover, as Igor Yurgens, an adviser to Medvedev who heads the Institute for Contemporary Development, told «Nezavisimaya gazeta,» there are also powerful forces in the ruling elite opposed to releasing Khodorkovsky. These include the law enforcement hierarchy and those connected to the oil industry who benefitted from the break-up and redistribution of Yukos's assets (see Rosneft and Sechin, Igor).

«There is the whole vertical of law enforcement agencies objecting to Khodorkovsky's release. They will see this as a slap in the face,» Yurgens said. «Even should Khodorkovsky himself decide to keep a low profile afterward, Yukos's foreign shareholders might demand compensation from Russia.»

But that said, those familiar with the case say there has been a noticeable shift in favor of a pardon as more of the ruling elite come to the conclusion that keeping Khodorkovsky in prison has become a liability for the Kremlin, while the benefits of his continued incarceration diminish.