En ny kritiker av Putin blir nå satt under etterforskning. Tidligere statsminister Mikhail Kasjanov. Akkurat som Mikhail Khodorkovskij har også han politiske ambisjoner.
Kasjanov kjenner systemet innenfra. Hans drabelige oppgjør med Putins kveling av demokratiet, svir. Rettssaken er en vri på de stalinistiske skueprosessene. De skal tjene til å avskrekke.
Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into ex-prime minister and outspoken Kremlin critic Mikhail Kasyanov, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the General Prosecutors office as saying on Sunday.
The prosecutors office was not available for comment, and Interfax did not say why the case had been opened but a previous case opened against an aide to the ex-premier was widely seen as a warning to Kasyanov to stay out of politics.
Critics say the Kremlin uses Russia’s court system to crush potential opponents, pointing to the legal assault on ambitious multi-billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was jailed for fraud in a case widely seen as politically motivated.
Kasyanov, sacked by President Vladimir Putin shortly before the Kremlin head’s re-election in 2004, returned to politics earlier this year with savage attacks on his former boss, accusing him of backsliding on democracy.
He hinted he could stand for election in the next presidential election in 2008 — when Putin must stand down — and is seen by some commentators as the only politician who could lead a Ukraine-style democratic revolution in Russia.(reuters)