Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin and discord

February 26, 2015 7:32 PM

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Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin and discord

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky warned Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the Kremlin chief was a "naked king" presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow.

"Putin with bare chest isn't a mighty leader: He is a naked king," Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man who was arrested in 2003 after falling foul of Putin only to be released in 2013, told an audience in London.

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