In the run-up to Vladimir Putin's inauguration, Al Jazeera asked Mikhail Khodorkovsky what he thought of the return to the Kremlin.
The former oil magnate, who was Russia's richest man before being sent down on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion, has been locked up for nine years. But as the protest movement has grown so has Khodorkovsky's influence on the political stage.
His image appears on protest placards. His continued imprisonment is, according to the opposition and human rights' groups across the globe, an example of the judiciary being controlled by the state.
Sue Turton reports from Moscow.