Putin Enemy Releases Letters From Jail
(PatriotWise.com) – Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza has been locked up and charged with treason after he returned to Moscow earlier this year to protest the invasion of Ukraine.
In a series of letters to BBC reporter Sarah Rainsford, Kara-Murza said he doesn’t regret his decision to return to Moscow to protest the war, explaining that the “price of silence is unacceptable.”
In one of his letters, Kara-Murza said those who spoke out against the war knew the risks they faced, adding that he couldn’t remain silent because “silence is a form of complicity.”
The charges against Kara-Murza all stem from his speaking out against the war in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin. His lawyer believes Kara-Murza could spend as much as 24 years in prison.
Kara-Murza’s wife Evgenia, who lives in the US with their children, knew nothing of his arrest until his lawyer called her. Eventually, Kara-Murza was permitted to speak to his wife on the phone long enough to say, “Don’t worry.” She has not spoken to her husband since.
Evgenia told Sarah Rainsford that her husband had to return to Russia to be with the people protesting against the invasion of Ukraine. She said he wanted to show them that they “shouldn’t be afraid in the face of that evil,” adding that while she respected and admired her husband for that, she also could kill him for it.
“I love and hate this man for his incredible integrity,” Evgenia told her.
Kara-Murza was initially detained for disobeying a police officer. But once they had him in custody, the serious charges began piling up.
He was accused of “spreading false information” about the Russian military and “higher leadership.”
The charge of treason is based on three speeches Kara-Murza made abroad, including one in which he accused Moscow of persecuting political opponents.
In her BBC article, Rainsford shares some of the details from the letters Kara-Murza has sent her from his prison cell.
Read Rainsford’s report HERE.
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