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Khodorkovsky was left without supporters

September 13 2005

Yesterday in the park near Pushkin Square, facing two opposing sides: one spoke in support of Khodorkovsky and other hotly defended the opposite view - "A Thief in prison."

It was obvious that the supporters of exiled oligarch, who organized the meeting beforehand voluntarily surrendered. Fighters markedly depressed when they saw that the Square is filled with enemies of Khodorkovsky - activists of "Youth Unity". Apparently so, the organizers zasobiralsya home an hour before the stated time.

Spin Doctor Oleg Matveychev convinced that the protesters for Khodorkovsky showed weakness, stepping down earlier stated time because of the noise opponents. "We had to continue to hold meetings - everything. Even if a fight broke, an episode would be more. I think they did wrong here. "Unity has achieved its goal," - said Oleg Matveychev.

As Khodorkovsky's opponents have learned about the upcoming event, it is not clear. Obviously, the camp of former Yukos head crept enemy who promptly tells about life Khodorkovsky supporters of his opponents. One thing was clear - "Youth Unity" came to the meeting promptly at the appointed time, and not with empty hands. Youth has brought dozens of banners with a single slogan: "MBH - in jail!". Students, workers, intelligentsia, their ranks have tried to build on the steps near the fountain, like prison bars, behind which to sit and Khodorkovsky.

A thief should go to jail rather than be a political prisoner - this opinion was all activists "Unity". Even the time spent at the rally, said their intent to defend their principled stand to the end - they left the Square after their opponents in 20 hours, the official time allotted to the protesters. Representatives of the "Unity" is not troubled, even explicit threats by telephone, which had been distributed in their address immediately before the action.

Activists who spoke for Mr. Khodorkovsky, have shown themselves not with the best hand. It looks like a surge of street activity, aimed to support political prisoner, noticeably subsided. Fatigue affects people as well as weakness and reduced opportunities for the company, Yukos. As a result, supporters of Khodorkovsky, tails between their legs, run in different directions: to write statements to the police, home ...

According to the Agency's Director of Applied and regional policy Maxim Dianov, the last meeting - it is a good newsworthy. A further conversations and actions in support of Khodorkovsky slowly dies out. It is known that the basic human rights-oriented meetings, of course, the western media. "Remember when the verdict announced, the western media is not reacted. And not only the first band bypassed the discussion threads, but in general the media - newspapers and central television channels - ignoring information about the verdict, "- commented Maxim Dianov.

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