Putin's confrontation with West 'artificial': dissident Khodorksovsky

June 18, 2015 12:07 AM

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Putin's confrontation with West 'artificial': dissident Khodorksovsky

WASHINGTON Russian President Vladimir Putin's confrontation with the West is "artificial" and aimed at protecting Russia's ruling elite and distracting attention from a corrupt system, a former Russian oil tycoon said on Wednesday.

"The current confrontation with the West is absolutely artificial," Mikhail Khodorksovsky told the Atlantic Council think tank.

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