There was so much fuss after Khodorkovsky was sentenced for the second time that many of us missed the point of it. We were so distracted by the Western journalists howling about legal mayhem in the country, by our own liberals moaning about the end of "Medvedev thaw" and their disappointment in DM, that we haven't yet said the words that would hurt our pro -Western liberals so much. It was the West who had cynically given Khodorkovsky away for the second time. By doing so it has proved again: it doesn't have and never had any allies. It only has its interests.