In video interview, Khodorkovsky says, ‘I dreamed all these years of attending a classical concert’

In video interview, Khodorkovsky says, ‘I dreamed all these years of attending a classical concert’


norman lebrecht

December 23, 2013

Berlin, December 21, 2013. Interview with New Times editor Yevgenia Albats.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is asked: – Did you want to go to the cinema, theater?

He replies: Theater – no, it’s difficult to convince me to go to the theatre, but I’ve heard about good theatres. I want very much to listen to classical music… I don’t know why, I have no musical hearing at all, but the only thing from such things I really dreamed of not 10, but last 8 years was to go to Conservatory or concert hall to listen classical music. I very much want it!


(Gidon Kremer, are you reading this?)


  • David Boxwell says:

    He could start by catching up with the Gergiev discography.

  • asssasa says:

    Many people have been pulling for him all these years, and this only shows that he deserved our support. If I were him, I would putting out a contract on Putin. It’s what he deserves.

  • David H. says:

    He is a convicted criminal of great proportions, still. Putin and the Russian judiciary branch only are guilty of hypocrisy and unfair proceedings, persecuting K. by all means, when other oligarchs were let go with a slap on the hand. But that doesn’t make K. a saint. Even the US state department didn’t deny the charges against K. itself, they only criticized the proceedings of the trial and it’s “selectiveness” as well as their negative impact on “future foreign investments in Russia”.

    Any western journalist writing about K. as if he were a Russian Mandela or a new Solshenizyn is looking just stupid.

    • Chris says:

      Yet at least K. was put on trial, travesty though it may have been.

      How many men are rotting at Guantanamo, without charges, without trials, without recourse?

      You see, David, a criminal is still a human being, one of US, don’t y’know, one who also feels,

      suffers and bleeds. The word ‘saint’ is used here for cheap effect.