Alexei Navalny broke his silence from Russian prison, describing 24/7 surveillance and being woken up every hour : worldnewsMarch 16, 2021
Navalny’s whereabouts after his sentencing were unknown until Russian authorities announced on February 28 that they had sent Navalny to Penal Colony No. 2 in the Vladimir region of Russia, east of Moscow.
Navalny had not been heard from until Monday, when he broke his silence on Instagram and described his situation.
“I must admit that the Russian prison system managed to surprise me. I did not think it was possible to build a concentration camp just 100 kilometers away from Moscow,” he said.
“Video cameras are everywhere, everyone is watched and at the slightest infringement, they make a report. I think someone up there read Orwell’s 1984 and said: ‘Yeah, cool. Let’s do this.'”
Navalny said that at night he was woken up every hour by a prison guard holding a video camera, checking that he had not escaped.
After a long radio silence, it’s pretty relieving to hear that Navalny is still alive, and I’m also kind of surprised that he’s still allowed to post to Instagram while in prison under constant surveillance.