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Pussy Riot founder: I can’t believe what my life has become

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nadya Tolokonnikova, who has been fighting against autocracy for years, believes that Russia has only slid deeper
15:08, 27 August 2020

Russian activist Nadya Tolokonnikova
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The poisoning of Russia's main opposition figure Alexei Navalny shocked the world community, but there were ones who had previously experienced all the things that Mr. Navalny is going through at this moment.

Nadya Tolokonnikova is an artist and activist and a founder of the band Pussy Riot has decided to share her story and analyze the current state of authoritarianism in her native Russia, The New York Times reports.

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"By now, you have probably seen the news that Aleksei Navalny, another leading critic of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, appears to have been poisoned. It must seem so horrible, but also, perhaps like the kind of thing that does happen “over there,” in Russia, in Belarus, in authoritarian states. It’s much more horrible up close. Sometimes I find it hard to believe this is my life. I have known too many attacked in a similar way as my friend Aleksei seems to have been. And in what feels like a terrible instance of déjà vu, it was less than two years ago that we were working with the same activists to arrange the same flight to the same hospital in Germany to evacuate and treat the father of my child, Pyotr, when he was unconscious from poisoning," Tolokonnikova stated.

The long-time activist believes that everyone is in danger while Vladimir Putin remains the president of the Russian Federation.

"And of course it’s not just activists who are targeted by Mr. Putin’s authoritarianism: The greed and corruption of this president and a handful of families that are close to him affects everyone, every day. Inequality is skyrocketing in Russia. Unrest is growing. Many Russians are tired of backward-looking, post-imperial, oppressive, Cold War-style politics and ready to become a forward-looking country focused on building infrastructure, better schools and health care," she added.

As we reported earlier, on the morning of August 20, Alexei Navalny was returning from Tomsk to Moscow. During the flight, the politician became ill, because of which the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. The Russian oppositionist was hospitalized in serious condition. The press reported that the head of the fund had toxic poisoning, and suggested that he could have been poisoned.

Related: Putin showcases interest in investigating Navalny's poisoning

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