Alexei Navalny, who’s languishing in a distant Arctic Circle jail, says he’s now forced to wake up to the Russian nationwide anthem adopted by a pop tune by Pro-Vladimir Putin singer on daily basis at 5am.
The fierce Kremlin critic has been locked away in the IK-3 penal colony in Kharp within the Yamal-Nenets area about 1,900km (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow.
Mr Navalny, 47, has kept up an unceasing campaign in opposition to the Kremlin from behind bars. He says he has been poisoned, handed a protracted jail time period in one in every of Russia’s hardest prisons on trumped up costs aimed toward preserving him out of politics, and locked up in a cell the place he can solely tempo backwards and forwards for 11 steps.
And on prime of all this, he now has to take heed to a pro-Putin pop tune by the singer Shaman each day on the break of day.
“The singer Shaman appeared on stage after I was already imprisoned, so I might neither see nor take heed to his music. However I do know that he’s now Putin’s important singer. And he has the most well-liked tune: ‘I’m Russian’,” Mr Navalny stated on Twitter, previously referred to as X.
“Everybody is aware of it, parodies of it are recorded, and so forth. In fact, I used to be actually curious to hear, however the place within the jail I might do it? After which I used to be taken to Yamal.”
“And right here, on daily basis at 5 o’clock within the morning, we hear the command: ‘Get up!’, adopted by the Russian nationwide anthem. Instantly afterward, the nation’s second most essential tune is performed – I’m Russian by Shaman,” he wrote.
The lyrics of the tune by Shaman, who’s regularly invited for state occasions, are: “I’m Russian. I’ll combat to the top… I’m Russian, my father’s blood flows in me, hey-hey… I’m Russian and I’m fortunate with this reality… I’m Russian to spite the entire world.”
Later, Mr Navalny’s spokesperson stated the opposition chief had been positioned in solitary confinement for 10 days for “incorrectly introducing himself” to a guard,
Kira Yarmysh, his spokesperson stated on X late on Monday that it was the twenty fifth time Mr Navalny had been positioned in solitary confinement and that he had spent 283 days in such circumstances
Mr Navalny, a former lawyer, rose to prominence greater than a decade in the past by lampooning Putin’s elite and voicing allegations of huge corruption. He’s serving a 19-year sentence on costs of extremism that has been decried by a lot of the worldwide group.
In his social media posts, Mr Navalny added: “So think about the image: Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Polar evening. Particular-regime colony’s hut for violators.”
He joked that now he workout routines to the tune “I’m Russian”.
“A prisoner Alexey Navalny, who’s sentenced to 19 years in jail, and whom Kremlin propaganda has been endlessly rinsed for years as a result of he participated in Russian rallies, is exercising to the tune ‘I’m Russian’, which he’s being given as an academic exercise for correctional functions,” he wrote.
“To be sincere, I’m nonetheless undecided that I accurately perceive what post-irony and meta-irony are. But when that’s not it, what’s it?” Mr Navalny wrote, including a wink emoji to his put up.
This isn’t the primary time Mr Navalny has joked darkly about circumstances in jail. Reappearing after a three-week lengthy disappearance in December final month that concerned being moved to his new arctic jail, Mr Navalny was cracking jokes with the decide, to indicate that the Kremlin can’t break him.
Mr Navalny’s workforce stated the arduous 1,200-mile journey to the brutal jail takes three weeks by highway and rail.
The activist drew laughter from the decide through the current courtroom look through video hyperlink, when he requested if a celebration had been thrown on the Melekhovo facility east of Moscow, the place he had beforehand been held, to have fun his departure and whether or not it had included karaoke.
He additionally requested if the jail had held a unadorned get together – a reference to a gathering of scantily clad celebrities in Moscow final month that has been closely criticised by the nation’s conservative media.
Mr Navalny has been behind bars since January 2021, when he returned to Moscow after recuperating in Germany from nerve agent poisoning, which he blamed on the Kremlin.