The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni has reappeared on social networks to clarify that he is “fine” after almost three weeks missingthe result of a “strange” transfer that has taken him to a prison in the Arctic region of Yamalia-Nenetsia.
“I am the new Santa Claus,” he said, referring to both the clothes and the beard that has grown in the 20 days of transfer. “Unfortunately, there are no reindeer, but there are very cute, furry German shepherds,” he added.
“I don’t say ‘ho ho ho’, but ‘oh oh oh’ when I look out the window, where I can see the night, then the afternoon and then the night,” explained the opponent, who is in one of the northernmost Russian territories on the planet.
Regarding his transfer, he recalled it as “very tired” and even hoped that no one would know about him until mid-January. His entourage, including his own lawyers, had been reporting his disappearance for several weeks, after he failed to appear at several court hearings.
“That’s why I was surprised when they opened the cell door yesterday and told me: ‘a lawyer has come to see me,'” said Navalni, grateful for all the support. In this sense, he has asked that no one worry about him.
“Now that I am Santa Claus, you are probably wondering about the issue of gifts. But I am a Santa Claus in a special regime, where only those who have behaved very badly receive gifts,” he ironized in his battery of messages, published on X, formerly Twitter.