Even profanity was prohibited, Mr. Navalny wrote. Shockingly for a Russian jail, “this ban is strictly adopted.”
The jail, referred to by its Russian initials IK2, has lengthy been recognized for strict enforcement of guidelines. Attorneys and former inmates have described a separate, harsher punishment facility inside its partitions the place inmates should not allowed to mingle and even discuss amongst themselves.
The location is typical for Russia’s colony-type prisons that advanced, with a couple of enhancements, from the gulag camps established within the Nineteen Thirties. Inmates dwell collectively in teams of a number of dozen referred to as brigades in low-slung, two-story buildings surrounded by partitions and barbed wire.
Self-discipline is enforced by prisoners in cahoots with the warden, in accordance with former inmates, an association that can permit the jail administration to strictly management Mr. Navalny’s life always. Prisoners spend hours standing with their arms clasped behind their backs, their toes, forbidden from making eye contact with the guards, one former inmate, the nationalist politician Dmitri Dyomushkin, instructed a Moscow radio station not too long ago.
Mr. Navalny, in Monday’s publish, mentioned he remained categorized as a flight threat, which means that he was woken up each hour at evening by a guard with a digicam reporting on his situation.
The fixed surveillance, Mr. Navalny wrote, reminded him of a dystopian novel: “I believe that somebody up excessive learn Orwell’s ‘1984’ and mentioned, ‘Oh, superior. Let’s try this. Schooling by dehumanization.’”
However as he has achieved repeatedly in latest months, Mr. Navalny nonetheless sought to radiate optimism. He has used his imprisonment to attempt to present Russians that they needn’t worry Mr. Putin, so long as they consider that, eventually, their facet will prevail.