“The Russia we dream of seeing is completely different. A country from which capital isn’t fleeing, talented people aren’t fleeing, but on the contrary, one that attracts enterprising people from all over the world. Where the only criterion in business is how good you are at what you do. If you’re talented and not afraid of work, then you’ll certainly achieve success, irrespective of how close your friendship with the president is.”

— Founder of Open Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky during his speech at Stanford University. Full text of the speech is available here.


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