"The entire interview of Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin - Russian politician. Born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Prez to the journalist from the USA Tucker Carlson was riddled with lies," said the former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorovsky.

"Among the most striking statements is that Russia has become the largest economy in Europe. Russia ranks 32nd in Europe in terms of gross domestic product per capita," the former oil magnate was quoted as saying by Croatian media. "Index".

As another lie, Khodorkovsky singled out the Kremlin master's claim that the US told Russia that NATO would not expand eastward. In the words of the former political prisoner: No American president or minister since the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) to date has made such a commitment to Moscow. Membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is voluntary and entry into the Alliance depends on the will of the countries that wish to become part of it.

"The Russian president stated that the Soviet Union created the Ukrainian state," Khodorkovsky also pointed out. "Ukraine declared its independence in 1917 and was recognized by the Provisional Government (ruled Russia from the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in March of that year II until the Bolshevik coup of November 7, 1917). Within the Soviet Union, Ukraine was formally an autonomous part of it, but de facto it was under Moscow's boot," he said.

"Putin said that Adolf Hitler was forced to invade Poland on September 1, 1939, because the authorities in Warsaw were unwilling to negotiate. On the contrary, the Nazis had been preparing their attack on Germany's eastern neighbor for years because they wanted to destroy the Jewish and Slavic population and settle Germans in their place," said Khodorkovsky.

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Khodorkovsky (born in 1963 in Moscow) by 2023 had a successful fuel and foreign exchange business. He was arrested on October 25 of the same year on charges of economic crimes. Khodorkovsky described the prosecution as punishment for his oppositional views. In 2006 and 2010, the entrepreneur received long sentences. He was pardoned by Putin in late 2013 and has since lived in Switzerland and Britain.

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