“Unfortunately, Khodorkovsky’s repeated trials are reminiscent of innumerable tragedies perpetrated by Russia’s rulers and their obedient courts. For three centuries now, Russia has jailed, killed off, driven to suicide or exiled its prominent social and political critics, economists, writers, philosophers and poets such as Aleksandr Radishchev, Aleksandr Gertzen, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gumilev, Osip Mandelstam, and the trio of Nobel Prize winners in the twentieth century: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Andrey Sakharov and Joseph Brodsky. The founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Lenin, exiled two shipfuls of intellectuals and sent others to the concentration camp in Solovki, while his successor Joseph Stalin murdered tens of thousands in the gulag, permanently destroying whole branches of Russia’s sciences and humanities.”
1) 20 years after glasnost Russians are still running on the wheel.
2) Some of the really interesting daring ideas always seem to come out of Russian Literture-there is something about despairation and stress that produces all that creativity.
3)Maybe the other lessen is to not judge a people based on their government