The change of power in Russia will look a lot like my arrest.
When the longest day of my life was finally over and on the night of August 2-3, I layed down on the hard bunk bed of a temporary detention facility, and the similarity of these phenomena suddenly became crystal clear to me. And while my cellmates, a young guy and a middle-aged man at risk of being jailed for robbery, were probably sleeping, my tired brain was drawing and drawing parallels.
No matter how repressive the regime is, no matter how much lawlessness is going on around you, you never think you'll be the one who gets arrested. People tend to believe that a car will hit someone else, a brick will fall on somebody else's head, and that the police will come to someone else's place. Our whole lives we chase away the unpleasant thoughts hoping for a happy outcome. Certainly, at first, the news about each new arrest on the July 27 case caused fear in me. But the next second, I would immediately begin to calm myself down:
"Ah, well, he touched a policeman. I didn't touch the policemen";
"Ah, well, he holds an important position in the headquarters of an independent candidate. I do not hold any positions";
"Ah, well, they found a hammer in his backpack. I did not have any hammers";
"Yes, none of those arrested in this case is guilty, because on 27 July there were no mass riots. But at least there was something about these people to pick on," I thought.
And then "the rumble of a doorbell", as I - unfortunately - prophetically said in my last video, divided my life into "before" and "after". Well, the power in Russia will change exactly the same way. It's difficult, almost impossible to calculate how many times during discussions about my country I've heard the phrase: "Nothing will change here". Our people, who have changed the political system at least three times in the last century, are now perceived as a passive mass incapable of doing anything. From everywhere I hear: "You see, our mentality is like that, a slave mentality. Yes, in the world, here and there, people are standing up against injustice, but in Russia, this will certainly not happen. There will be no democracy in Russia. Putin will never leave. Russia will not become free!".
And then suddenly it will. And I mean it, it will happen suddenly, unexpectedly. Just as suddenly, as the policemen in civilian clothes show up at one's doorstep. What was considered impossible will happen. And in retrospect, it will seem inevitable.