In a new twist on their "Ask a Leader" format, organizers of that ruthlessly exclusive forum of the megarich and überpowerful have vowed to pose three "crowdsourced questions" to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
So will they include an uncomfortable question about Kremlin whipping boy Mikhail Khodorkovsky? After all, many people regard the former Yukos oil baron and coincidentally outspoken critic of former-president-cum-prime minister Vladimir Putin as Russia's highest-profile political prisoner.
But more importantly, the WEF's "put your questions to Medvedev" page (UPDATE: now closed) shows that many of the most popular questions so far make direct reference to Khodorkovsky, whose recent conviction would keep him in prison until 2017.
Questioners are blunt in their assessments of how the rule of law is faring in Russia:
Some commenters hasten to Medvedev's defense here, while his own office appears to have rushed to defend the president here and here.
It's an admittedly small sample so far. But if the voting pattern continues, perhaps some of the world's most influential people might just feel compelled to ask the Russian president about the elephant in the room.
UPDATE 2: Within hours of this post, the #1 question for Medvedev (which you can still find here) was not appearing in its queue of most popular, for some reason. Voting closed early, and it was also unclear whether Medvedev would make the trip to Davos, in light of the deadly January 24 bomb attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
-- Andy Heil