Ex-head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky said that he had not given any commitment not to engage in politics when they came out of prison in 2013. He said this during a meeting with journalists and students at the London club.
“Putin I was locked up for 10 years and he’s released to say goodbye to mom, although he couldn’t do. In this regard, I believe that our personal accounts are closed. We are just political opponents”, — said Khodorkovsky. He also cited Putin’s statement at a press conference in December 2014 that any “personal commitments” they have each other there.
The information that he published under a condition not to engage in political activity, Khodorkovsky called “the myth deployed by Kremlin propagandists.”
“When I came out, we didn’t want to go into politics. I came out at the end of 2013 and in early 2014 began what started in Ukraine. And this bag fell down so much, the country has so quickly become to go in the direction of self-isolation, witch hunt called 5 column, to remain on the sidelines… You know, the people who supported me, I would not be understood”.
In December 2015, Khodorkovsky commented on his agreements with Putin. “I took the pledge and I sang it: not to participate in political life and to engage in family Affairs at the time, I was given solution [Vladimir] Putin [of pardon]. This time I needed due to the fact that my mother was in a difficult situation, and, alas, unfortunately, she left in August, more than a year ago,” said Khodorkovsky (quoted by “Interfax”).
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 and two years later convicted on several articles of the Criminal code. In total he spent in prison for ten years. In December 2013 President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed the decree about its pardon. After his release Khodorkovsky flew directly to Europe, where he received a residence permit in Switzerland.