Imprisoned Kremlin Enemies Alexei Navalny said the prison guards devised a creative new tactic to torture him: making him listen to Vladimir Putin’s speeches over and over again every night.
“Speakers hung all over the long corridor… and Putin shouted through them at an unstoppable volume,” he wrote.
He said fellow inmates were forced to endure “Putin’s torture” with him: “Every night there was a funny scene where the prisoners pulled mattresses into their cells, and Putin loudly told them that the The West wants to make them Russian citizens. suffer.”
Perhaps more humorously, however, the guards unintentionally admitted that “listening to Putin is a punishment,” he said.
“The guards themselves were forced to hear this to me, and it was even worse for them—they were walking down the hallway right under these loudspeakers. To my funny questions about which speech they liked best, they fell silent: Every word will be recorded on video cameras and the authorities will know. But the look on their faces and the way they roll their eyes is a bonus in itself,” he wrote.
Navalny, once seen as an opposition leader capable of ousting Putin from power, was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia following a nerve agent poisoning that many believe. is done by the Kremlin. The 46-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who has served a total of 11.5 years in prison for fraud and contempt of court charges he said was staged to silence him, said last week he faces another 30 years for “ridiculous” terrorism. fee.