MOSCOW-Russia’s imprisoned opposition leader, Aleksey Navalny, went on a hunger strike in the notorious criminal colony. He said he was suffering from back pain and the prison guards “tortured” him by waking up every hour every night. Independent prison observers desperately wanted to check him. Hundreds of Russian public figures sent open letters and petitions to the authorities demanding that the humiliating treatment be stopped. Human rights activists spoke more bluntly to the Kremlin on Friday: “He is being slowly killed.”
response? Instead of sending independent human rights observers or doctors to visit Navani in prison, the Kremlin sent Russian spies and former US criminal Maria Butina (Maria Butina). Butina, who is now a pro-Kremlin activist, pleaded guilty in a U.S. court in 201
Butina reported the information she heard from other inmates called IK-2 in the prison, not complaining about the conditions of the prison, but complaining about Navani himself. Butina said that other prisoners despised Navani because he “layed on the bed all day like his master” and said that he “does not clean himself.” She insisted that Navani lives in better conditions than she endured in American prisons. “My advice to Aleksey: If you commit a crime, please be a man and do your time.”
Butina also posted a video clip that reportedly showed Navalny walking slowly in his barracks: “He is walking! Oh, this is amazing! Have a cup of coffee,” she said. Mr. Navani said that his leg had become numb due to back pain.
Butina said Navalny was rude to her during the conversation for about 20 minutes, accusing her of lying and stealing. The transcript of the alleged conversation with Navalny was published on Telegram, and Butina said: “You know very well that if you are not clean, someone will clean it for you. I have been to prison. I know it becomes someone else’s responsibility.” Navalny is said to be The answer was to tell her that she sprinkled a lot of things,” [she says] There are endless lies, including your story about American prisons. “
Human rights defenders were shocked. “When Navani clearly needed professional medical help, they sent RT National Television staff to the very tortured colony. This is an unacceptable situation,” Tanya Lokshina, head of Russian programming at Human Rights Watch, told The Daily The Beast.
Lokshina explained that the rules did not prohibit outside doctors from providing care in prisons, adding that her team was “aware of the fact that the Russian prison system provides civilian doctors for sick prisoners.”
Butina’s comments shocked the prisoner Vladimir Pereverzin who had worked for IK-2, where he served for 7 years, describing the experience as a nightmare.
“It’s hard to imagine more cynicism and misleading,” Pereverzin, who was arrested and imprisoned after cracking down on an oil company ten years ago, told The Daily Beast. “No one is allowed to stay in bed in this prison. If she says that he has been lying in bed, it means that he is so sick that the prison doctor allowed it.”
He added: “Guards keep humiliating me.” “They fabricated reports against me, so like Navani, I had to go on a hunger strike. I even stabbed myself in the stomach before they took me It was a great relief to be transferred to a cell.”
Opposition playwright and satirist Viktor Shendrović said that Butina’s visit symbolized the widespread mockery of Kremlin policy.
Shendrovic said to the “Daily Beast”: “The government has decided to kill Navani, destroying him materially and morally.” “This is not a political move, but a moral issue: Russia is now a clear good supporter And the supporters who support evil.”
Shenderovich described Butina’s suffering as a “victory” for the loyalists of the Kremlin.
He said: “Many Kremlin supporters are now giggling when they read Butina’s comments.” “They are happy to see the Kremlin harassing Western and navy supporters. But this is actually for morality itself insult.”