Berlin Alexei Navalny stands in a green-painted hearing cell of the IK-6 penal camp in the village of Melechewo and gets louder with every sentence. “Your honor,” he says contemptuously towards the camera, before addressing the “respected representatives” of the regional administration, prison administration, Russian penal system and finally Wladimir Putin addressed personally: “You will not silence me with all your punishment cells. This is a crime against my country!”
It’s September 23rd. A few days earlier, Russia’s president ordered “partial mobilization” and announced annexation plans for the occupied territories in eastern Ukraine by means of staged referendums. Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most important adversary, once almost dead, then sentenced to more than ten years in prison, has another court date. He is not allowed to be in the hall itself, he is connected via video.