Human rights, role of the state and the eu eastern policy: the khodorkovsky case

Autore:Branislav Fábry
Pagine:213-220
 
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BRANISLAV FÁBRY
HUMAN RIGHTS, ROLE OF THE STATE
AND THE EU EASTERN POLICY:
THE KHODORKOVSKY CASE
SUMMARY
The paper presents actuall problems in the EU - Russian discourse on the example of
controv ersial Kodorkovsky case in Russia and on more or less unappropriate reactions in the
Western states. The paper deal with a dilemma: on the one side human rights question is the
key topic in the EU Neighbourghood Politics, but on the other side there are some myths and
prejudicies in the discussion, that should be cleared. One of the problems is the negative
perception of the Khodorkovsky case and conjoint human rights discourse between the EU and
Russia in the Russian Public. EU should not underestimate those wide spread feelings in
Russia and take the suspicions of its double standards policy seriously.
Eternal question of good and evil as an introduction
My presentation deals with issues of EU Eastern Policy, human
rights and the involvement of the State. I will try to present actuall
problems in the EU - Russian discourse on the example of controversial
Kodorkovsky case in Russia and on more or less unappropriate reactions
in the Western states.
Allow me to start with a joke that is wide-spread in Eastern Europe:
Former Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives after his death to
the Gate of Heaven. But Saint Peter is skeptical about Putin’s fate and
sends him to the hell. So it is done. Two Days after a small Group of
Devils arrives to the Heaven’s Gate. Saint Peter reacts promptly: - Sorry,
guys, you are wrong here! But one of the Devils responds seriously: - Not
at all, we are the new Dissidents...
It was only a joke, but the real political life in Eastern Europe has
some similarities to this joke. It is not easy to differ between good and
evil, between real dissidents ad those who would like to simulate dissent
to gain a support from outside. That is also one of the main reasons why
is it so difficult to find an appropriate respond to the human rights
problems, especially in the Russian Federation.
It is dangerous that the leading Russian Politicians have not much
understanding for western concern over human rights and they are too
suspicious against all western human rights statements. Real problem is
the fact that Russian Public has even more skeptical opinions on the
human rights discourse in the West than its Government. According to
the Juriy Levada Center annually research, western or pro-western

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