A film I recently viewed was centered around the life and wrongful imprisonment of Khodorkovsky. He was the wealthiest man in Russian in 2003 and almost the wealthiest man in the world. He was arrested on charges of tax evasion however, he was not allowed a trial.
His impression of why he was imprisoned was because of his support for the political resistance, and the possibility of another wealthy man owning an oil company wanted to take over Khodorkovsky's oil and market share.
The president at the time refused him a trial, and instructed the public of Russia, and other surrounding countries to forget him, and not discuss it further because it was not going to change.
I found it interesting that the government can so clearly see the abuse of power, and have no movement towards correcting it. Different cultures enact different behaviors.