Russian Prisons Have No Place for Navalny Followers Arrested
The police in Russia cannot keep up with the thousands of protesters who have been arrested in recent days.
Some have been sitting or standing in arrest vans for hours – without heating, food, drink or toilet – and for those who still have room in the cell, the situation is not much better.
The protesters campaigned against the conviction of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. But the protest is crushed.
“It has been 40 hours since we were arrested and we are still undergoing these torture practices,” Stanislav Korenyugin said in a video message from a police van.
“We spent the past 9 hours in this van and people were forced to stand. We can’t move. We don’t have water. We can’t go to the toilet.”
The cry for help dates back to two days ago. Korenyugin was arrested during the demonstrations last weekend, even before Navalny was sentenced. Even then, there were problems finding a place for the arrested demonstrators.