Russian President Dmitry Medvedev lost his last chance to be more than a surrogate president. He has delivered a negative resolution of an expert panel, which proposed to pardon 30 prisoners, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky and former head of MFO “Menatep” Platon Lebedev. The presidential decision was announced by the head of the Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov. “The President does not agree with the experts’ opinion. The President in its resolution stated that he does not understand why he should pardon someone who had not asked for clemency” Fedotov said.
Being faced with the spectrum of uncertain future and wild times at the helm of the Russian Federation Government, Dmitry Medvedev did what he knows best: he was prudent. He preferred to change nothing than to shake worse the fighting behind the closed doors. Because it’s hard to believe that the means could be about ego. And about his pride and dignity not make much sense to talk, both crushed in September 2011, when he announced Vladimir Putin′s candidacy in recent presidential elections. I want to be clear: I am not an unconditional fan who believes that Khodorkovsky is only a martyr to corporate good governance and liberal politics. Rather, I am fan of the law. But when the law is bent, I am an unconditional supporter of the principles and human values that make as a little person to become truly the Great .
Russian opposition hoped that Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, who have been jailed since 2003 on fraud and tax evasion charges, could be pardoned by May 7, the president-elect Vladimir Putin’s inauguration day. More, Fedotov did not rule out the possibility that the pardon issue could be discussed with the outgoing president during his final meeting with the council on April 28. However, according The Moscow Times, Medvedev’s reaction to experts’ recommendation on pardon makes this possibility unlikely, as both men have refused to recognize their guilt. Meanwhile, Medvedev is reforming the Civil Code and introduced to the State Duma a “revolutionary” amendment, hoping to improve the economic climate in his country. A “revolutionary” update of his own Code of human values was better – I think… 😀