Kathy Lally was a Washington Post editor before becoming Moscow bureau chief in September 2010. Earlier she worked in Moscow for The Baltimore Sun and witnessed the coup and fall of the Soviet Union. She covers the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union.
Khodorkovsky, founder of the Yukos oil corporation, was arrested in 2003 on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
They would have been satisfied with a European trade deal; now they want a new country.
Demonstrations over a trade pact with Europe have brought political opposition leaders to the forefront.
After Kiev decided to turn toward Moscow and away from the West, the nation said no.