8 January 2016
Translated by Sarah Hurst
After complaining about torture in the Segezha IK-7 prison in Karelia, Ildar Dadin, an opposition activist who is serving a 2 1/2-year sentence, was transferred out of the prison, but authorities refused to tell his wife where he was. Russians and their supporters in other countries campaigned for over a month demanding that the Kremlin reveal Dadin's whereabouts. On January 8, after his arrival at the IK-5 prison in Altai Krai, he was allowed a short phone call with his wife, which she recorded and transcribed.
Dadin: Very short conversation...
Zotova: Yes, I know. Tell me how your journey was, please.
Dadin: It was fine, I had a break from that fascist prison IK-7. It just took a long time, first of all – I left on December 2 and they only brought me to my destination yesterday. And all that time I was tormented by depression... I wanted to quickly tell you that every day in that prison was unbearable hell. And I didn’t know how to find the internal strength to survive there for another week, let alone six or seven months. But this month, when I was coming here... I’ll tell you, living out of synch with your conscience is even harder than living there. So I want you to understand my main strategic task and desire – it’s to do everything to get back there and finish the job we started. Because if that fascist isn’t brought to justice – and I’m sure they took me out of there so that it would all die down, the fuss was the first to go...[Read more]