Worldwide reading for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and all political prisoners in Russia on 25 October 2013

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) invites cultural institutions, schools, radio channels and everybody interested in the case to organize readings on 25 October 2013, in order to remember the fate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and all political prisoners in Russia.

The ilb will host a reading and a talk at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. German actor Burghart Klaußner will read several texts by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, followed by a talk with Kerstin Holm (FAZ) and the German Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, presented by Manfred Sapper, Chief Editor of the journal Osteuropa.


The date marks the tenth anniversary of Khodorkovsky’s detention. More than 80 writers, artists, and intellectuals from all continents support the campaign and demand the immediate release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The Nobel laureates Herta Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, John M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa are among the supporters.


Burghart Klaußner will read the following texts: the final speech of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the second trial, letters to and from Ljudmilla Ulitzkaja and Boris Akunin, two commentaries by Mikhail Khodorkovsky about other prisoners, and his own assessment of his case. Kerstin Holm and Sabine Leutheusser- Schnarrenberger will focus their talk on the political and the legal dimension of the case, and the situation of members of the opposition in Russia. More and more of the latter are brought before criminal courts. The case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, thus, represents the fate of many political prisoners and victims of political prosecution, including Pussy Riot, Alexei Nawalny and the protesters of the Bolotnaja Square. The situation also underlines the fact that West European societies in their relationship with Russia are drifting apart. The question is how Western politicians and NGOs can influence Russia.

Admission: free