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Ex-political prisoner and activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky to give evidence on Wagner Group

28 October 2022

The Foreign Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into the Wagner Group. The Committee will take evidence from exiled Russian businessman and former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, among other witnesses.


Tuesday 1 November, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Jason McCue, Senior Partner, McCue Jury & Partners
  • Professor Jason Blazakis, Executive Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (Middlebury Institute of International Studies); Senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center

At 3.15pm

  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former political prisoner and pro-democracy activist

Mr Khodorkovsky will be accompanied by an interpreter.

The number of headsets for Russian-English translation are limited.

The first panel will take evidence from a lawyer, Jason McCue, who is seeking reparations for Ukrainian war victims. He will be joined by Jason Blazakis, an expert in terrorism, answering questions on whether the Wagner Group should be proscribed as a terrorist organization.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky will appear on the second panel at 15:15. For this panel, the Committee will focus on the current situation in Russia, in particular the strength of the Wagner Group’s founder, Prigozhin. The Committee may also explore the reasons behind the Kremlin’s use of Private Military Companies.

On Monday 31 October the Committee will publish written evidence submitted to the inquiry “The Wagner Group and beyond: proxy Private Military Companies”.

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