Alexey Navalny subjected to ‘Putin torture’ in prison, forced to listen to recorded speeches at top volume
The imprisoned opposition politician Alexey Navalny writes that the penal colony management has come up with a new way to make his prison life intolerable. Every evening, Vladimir Putin’s recorded speeches sound, at top volume, from loudspeakers throughout the building and in the penal cell that has become Navalny’s regular dwelling-place.
Putin’s voice gets in the way of reading, but Navalny derives some satisfaction from the prison officials’ recognition that having to listen to the Russian head of state is a form of torture. Moreover, to impose it on Navalny, they have to endure it themselves.
“Often,” Navalny writes,