The precipitating event to Khodorkovsky’s arrest was his planning to sell his 40% share of his stock in Yuokos to ExxonMobil or ChevronTexaco.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has resigned as chief executive of Russian oil giant Yukos.

Jailed Russian oil chief resigns and may challenge Putin

The internal battle has broken out into the open in Russia. What has surprised a lot of people, and which really shouldn’t, is that Putin, who came to power during Communism, appears to still be a Socialist at heart, believing the state should control the resources of a country, not private enterprise, and most especially not criminal private enterprise.

And apparently most of the country, sickened by the looting done by the oligarchs, agrees with him.