- “Our activity in Russia started off on the right foot,” he said. “After the Soviet Union’s collapse, my father established a branch of the foundation there. He came up with a Marshall Plan for Russia, a wide-scale plan to rebuild the country with Western finding. The American administration showed no interest, and the plan failed. My father was accepted by Russia also thanks to his support for Andrei Sakharov and other dissidents in the Soviet era.
“That all ended when Putin shut the Russian society against. My father chose to openly attack Putin, and that was the turning point. In addition, my father opposed Putin’s occupation spree in Ukraine. And there was another point: Khodorkovsky, the oligarch who tried to fight Putin, saw my father as a role model. Putin never forgave him.”