According to myself, while the rest of the year until the term, which allows to punish me twice for the same "crime" and give greater "punishment", is up I will abstain from participation in unsanctioned rallies (which certainly will not stop me from attending the authorized ones). Instead, I am planning to help arrested people and I urge you to do the same.
When I was arrested, the hardest thing was to calm people down and tell that everything is fine, although I did not know what was going to happen to me. Even harder was telling them that there was no way to help me. Yes, specifically me, at that particular moment almost no one could help. But every one of us can help – you just need not to stay aloof, not to ignore the endless flow of violence and injustice that is poured on us every day. We need to speak about it and stand against it.
But not everyone has privileges like these. The person, who was with us at the jail cell, was convicted of murder. He committed it accidentally during the fight and did not even know that man was dead. When he was caught by the police, instead of bringing charges, they had been torturing him for two days, trying to beat out a confession. And the further a person moves away from the eyes of society, the less protected from the state he becomes. My experience shows we are all unprotected. At any time you can be seized, taken away, then they will not let lawyers in, violate all the rules of detention, judge without evidence, relying only on the report of the police officer and ignore the evidence you provide and after that torture you (you can read about it here
). What is happening in Russia is no longer just an imitation of law, but a mockery of it. This is the power of a paramilitary group that can do with you almost anything it wants, and you can only complain to this very group that abused you. If the government applied the same standards to itself that it applies to protesters, then, based on my case alone, dozens of people would have to be fired and a few more would have to be arrested. Instead, it continues to send people, who have not done anything other than going to a peaceful rally, to jail illegally. A riot is broken shop-windows and burning cars. Russian protests are the most peaceful in the world. The worst thing that happened on July 27 and August 3 with the police was a few plastic bottles flying in their direction and an urn that a man threw to distract a policeman from beating another protester who was not even resisting. And only for this, he will go to prison for years, while there will be nothing to the police officer who use violence. And they call this peaceful gathering a riot and unleash a criminal case out of nothing, in which people who tried to coordinate the crowd could also go to jail. This whole system has been rotted for so long and it must be changed so do not stay aloof and only then Russia will be free!