The Russian human rights activist Olga Romanova has left Russia due to the slander on the part of the Federal Penitentiary Service, who accused Romanova of stealing budget funds on a large scale.
Russian journalist Maksim Goryunov spoke about the pressure the Russian authorities exercise on their opponents:
“The atmosphere is heating up, and some lose their grip. People are afraid to speak and write against authorities. There is no such as under communism, when you were told that you were the enemy. But you always feel a very heavy, viscous atmosphere around you. But the door is always open.”
“In Belarus, the opposition thinks that Belarus is a testing ground for Russia — that Russian spin doctors run there administrative, high level know-how, and then use them in Russia. The situation is similar in many ways,” he says.
“The Russian opposition is learning how to be the Belarusian opposition. I invited the Belarusian opposition in Moscow, and they told the Russian opposition about what awaits them. Belarusians taught Russians how to wait 30 years. Many Belarusian features are now in Moscow.”
“In 2011, when you wanted to see more than 30 vigorous elderly opposition people, you had to go to the Russian March. It was the only place with a lot of people with some demands. Then Navalny tried to take advantage of this and put it on a decent track. I was at the March in 2017. While previously there were 20 thousand people, that time there were 20 people, and a lot of police. People stopped going to the marchs, as Vladimir Vladimirovich guessed what the Russian marchs wanted to achieve. All of these 20 thousands who came there in 2017 are now in the morgue in Donetsk or Luhansk, or in the trenches, or they are security forces, or the Cossacks, or watching television.”