London — By the evidence, security around Mikhail Khodorkovsky is very light. I tell him I have known people in the crosshairs: Some are fatalistic about their security, others are vigilant. Where does he fall on that spectrum? On the fatalistic end, he says. If a decision to kill him is made in the Kremlin itself, there is very little he can do to defend himself.
But there is this consolation, he says: “I know how unprofessional everybody in Russia is.” Khodorkovsky, like many of his countrymen, has a keen sense of gallows humor.
He is a human-rights leader these days, but …
This article appears as “An Open Russian” in the July 29, 2019, print edition of National Review.