Arkady Babchenko: 'Propaganda and “the war on enemies” in Putin’s Russia is a state priority, and there’re huge amounts of money involved'

posted 20 Jan 2017, 12:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 12:09 ]
'Propaganda and “the war on enemies” in Putin’s Russia is a state priority, and there’re huge amounts of money involved. Harassment is a very effective instrument. It exhausts you. After several days, it can lead to nervous exhaustion. They know how to do this in the KGB. They had a good school in the past. You haven’t had to wait to be arrested? God forbid you have to find out. Waiting to be arrested, or searched, or when they plant drugs on you or accuse you of paedophilia (for instance, Yury Dmitriev in Karelia, or Vladimir Bukovsky in the UK), to be beaten up in the entrance to your apartment, on the street, shots in the back. It’s hard. Truly, it’s hard. But terrifying too, because it’s happening to our country.'

- Arkady Babchenko, journalist and author


Source:
Arkady Babchenko, 'One Facebook post which shook Russia,' Open Democracy, 12 January 2017
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