For Andre Geim, the current situation of the Russian opposition is worse than the dissidents of the end of the Soviet Union.
The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics winner Andre Geim is Dutch and Russian. He initiated an open letter signed by 1,000 Russian-speaking scientists from all over the world, calling for an end to the Persecution of Russian opponent Alexander Navani.He answered the following questions world.
I have never met Navani and I know nothing about his political agenda other than anti-corruption.
But this situation is extremely worrying for me and I believe for France, Europe and the world as a whole. If Alexei Navalny is killed or dies in prison, Russia will cross the red line. All the incidents of the emerging dictatorship (the use of Novichok poison, the London murder, etc.) can still be attributed to Putin’s fanatics. But if anything happens to Navani now, this will be a turning point for President Vladimir Putin. He will no longer be able to hide behind the lieutenant. Like a criminal, in most cases, he will commit his first murder without hesitation. After that, recidivism becomes easier and you will become a serial killer.
If anything happens to Alexey Navalny, the Russian leadership will obviously cross this red line of human morality and enter Lawless, A unique Russian word meaning “no limit”, describes the state of society that tolerates bad behavior. There is no turning back.
This is the most worrying thing. Many people in Russia regard Putin as the new czar and are satisfied. The czar brings stability and is usually smarter than some populist leaders. Russians believe that they can live a happy life even without democracy or even dictatorship. Of course, they all knew Stalin, but from the beginning they thought Stalin was a bad guy. This is a serious mistake. Absolute power gradually destroyed him by making him the Stalin we know today. The Soviets tolerated the gradual outbreak of atrocities until it was too late when they became victims of the atrocities. Unfortunately, the current situation looks worse than when the Soviet Union collapsed. Under the leadership of Khrushchev and Brezhnev, dissidents were persecuted, but they were not poisoned or sneaked away. This is a step forward from the Stalin era. Now we are going back.