Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny spoke for the primary time since he was moved to a penal colony within the Arctic, playfully referring to himself as Santa Claus in a submit about his switch to the brand new Russian jail.
“I’m your new Santa Claus,” Navalny wrote Tuesday on X, previously Twitter, saying he had grown a beard and was sporting a brand new sheepskin coat and fur hat. “Sadly, there aren’t any reindeer, however there are enormous fluffy, and really stunning shepherd canines.”
“I don’t say ‘Ho-ho-ho’, however I do say ‘Oh-oh-oh’ after I look out of the window, the place I can see an evening, then the night, after which the night time once more,” he continued. “The 20 days of my transportation have been fairly exhausting, however I’m nonetheless in a very good temper, as befits a Santa Claus.”
Navalny mentioned he was moved Saturday night time to a jail close to the village of Kharp above the Arctic Circle on the Yamal Peninsula, a tundra in Russia’s Siberia area that is named the “finish of the world.”
Navalny, who’s serving a 19-year jail sentence on extremism costs, disappeared for about three weeks earlier than his spokesperson confirmed over the weekend he was moved to the penal colony on Yamal.
The Anti-Corruption Basis, based by Navalny, mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin possible needed to isolate his chief critic forward of the presidential elections this spring.
A lawyer was capable of go to Navalny, which the Russian activist mentioned was a shock as a result of he was taken away immediately to the penal colony alongside what he described as a “unusual” route.
Navalny mentioned he was relieved he made it to the jail safely and thanked his supporters the world over who have been anxious about him throughout his disappearance.
In describing his environment, Navalny mentioned the land is roofed in snow and frequented by shepherd canines.
“Since I’m Santa Claus, you’re in all probability questioning in regards to the presents,” he wrote. “However I’m a special-regime Santa Claus, so solely those that have behaved very badly get presents.”
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