Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni gave his first interview this week since he was imprisoned last March in a maximum security prison colony 100 kilometers east of Moscow. Navalni denounces living in a kind of concentration camp where he is forced to watch Russian state television for eight hours as a strategy of brainwashor that it would imitate the tactics of psychological violence described in the popular play ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
Navalni describes his feelings of watching Russian television and propaganda for eight hours. During the eight hours a day of screen time, he said: “I understand the essence of the ideology of the regime of Putin: the present and the future are being replaced by the past, the truly heroic past, or the embellished past, or completely fictional past. All kinds of past must be constantly in the spotlight to displace thoughts about the future and questions about the present, ”Navalni details.
In addition, the Russian dissident speaks of being imprisoned in a kind of concentration camp. “You have to imagine something like a Chinese forced labor camp, where everyone marches in file under the surveillance of video cameras installed everywhere. Constant control and culture of denunciation, “he says. Naval al New York Times.
Putin is a “historical accident”
“The Putin regime is a historical accident, not an inevitability,” Navalni replied to the US newspaper in a written questionnaire from Penal Colony No. 2, near Moscow, where he watches hours of “state television and propaganda” in the middle of an environment resembling ‘a Chinese labor camp’, under ‘constant control and a culture of’ snitches’ ”.
Navalni blamed Putin’s existence on the “corrupt” family of his predecessor, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, but indicated that “sooner or later, this mistake will be fixed and Russia will move towards a democratic European development path because that is what The people want”.
The activist also took the opportunity to recommend that the international community target its sanctions “at the main oligarchs who prop up the Putin government, rather than at the dozens of figures, largely unknown, who have received them so far.”
One year since the nerve agent attack
This interview is published one year after the poisoning and attempted murder of the Russian dissident while flying from Tomsk (Siberia) to Moscow on August 20, 2020. Transferred to Germany to deal with the attack with a nerve agent, Navalni was in eat for 19 days. Once recovered, he returned to Moscow last January, where he was arrested and sentenced to serve two and a half years in a penal colony for violating the probation of his previous sentence, imposed for political reasons.
The Kremlin denies the allegations, claiming instead that Navalni has been convicted of fraud, although that has not been able to prevent the dissident from now being the best-known voice against President Putin.