A prominent Vladimir Putin critic, and Washington Post contributor, Vladimir Kara-Murza, was arrested by the Kremlin on Monday. He wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post from jail. The Post doesn't say the method he used to pass through the strict security; the only information they provide is that he wrote the piece to his lawyers.
Kara-Murza writes that if you believed there weren't any protesters during wartime in Russia, it would be a lie. There are actually a lot of activists and protesters in jail with him.
If you're told that nobody is protesting against the conflict in Russia, do not think it's true. Many people who participated in these protests are held in police stations as well as specially designed detention facilities. Police arrest them instantly and then take them away. There are no news outlets within Russia who can speak about it.
Kara-Murza was detained in the presence of five or six policemen of Russia's Second Special Regiment's Main Internal Affairs Directorate (is this just me or do they sound hostile?), just a few hours after appearing in an CNN interview.
The interviewer blasted Russia's war against Ukraine and called Putin's government “murderers.”
“Every person who was part of the proceedings, including judge Diana Mishchenko and the Interior Ministry personnel who took me before the court knew that the sole reason for my detention was my political, and above all, my antiwar stance.”
He's been hounded for many years by the Kremlin, and even claims to have been poisoned two times. (Putin is famous for his love of poisons which he has employed to thwart opposition leaders Alexei Navalny and others.)
His wife, Kara-Murza Evgenia, has requested his release, as per The Washington Examiner.
“Twice have the Russian authorities tried to kill my husband for advocating for sanctions against thieves and murderers. Now they want to throw him in prison for calling their bloody war a WAR. I demand my husband's immediate release!”
Russia and the current ruler Vladimir Putin, have proven time and again that they are brutal, murderous, and dangerous.
Kara-Murza didn't mince words. “Orwell lives on,” the writer writes. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” Surprisingly, he concludes with a positive note. The last line of his speech reads “Russia will be free. I've never been so sure of it as I am today.”
In light of the current circumstances, it is unlikely that Russia is going to become “free” in the near future, if at all. We can still appreciate his courage and optimism and hope that he's right.