The 18th Forum 2000 international conference got underway in Prague on Sunday. This year’s event is subtitled “Democracy and its Discontents: A Quarter-Century after the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen”, and one of its main issues is growing aggression by Russia. Speaking at the opening of the conference was Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch who was imprisoned under the Putin regime. He said that the Russian democratic movement needed the cultivated influence of the Western countries, calling on the EU and the US to be cautious with their use of sanctions.
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