In an interview with the New York Times, the Russian opponent of the Kremlin describes very harsh prison conditions and denounces “psychological violence”.
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Alexeï Navalny goes up to the front. Din an interview at New York Times published Wednesday, August 25, the first since his imprisonment in January 2021, the Russian opponent describes very harsh prison conditions in Russia. “Imagine something like a Chinese labor camp, where everyone marches in line and there are cameras everywhere. The monitoring is constant and there is a culture of denunciation,” he said in a 54-page handwritten exchange.
The 45-year-old Kremlin opponent, who is currently serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for a fraud case that he denounces as a politician, details the course of his days, mainly devoted to watching television. Russian state or propaganda films. “You have to sit on a chair and watch television (…) Read, write or do whatever else” forbidden. “Everything is organized so that I am controlled as much as possible every hour of the day”, he says, denouncing a “psychological violence”.
During his first weeks in prison, the guards woke him several times a night, he says. “I now understand why sleep deprivation is one of the secret service’s favorite torture methods (…) It leaves no mark and it’s unbearable.” He also describes his incarceration in lighter terms, confident that he has not been attacked or threatened by his fellow inmates, with whom he sometimes cooks. “It’s funny”, he describes.