Torture is alive and well in today’s Russia, Russian Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov said on Friday. He believes journalists are the antidote to tyranny.
“The practice of torture in prisons and under investigation is alive and well in modern Russia,” Muratov said in his Nobel address at Oslo City Hall on Friday.
He also listed atrocities such as abuse, rape, and horrific living conditions.
Muratov, who is the editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, is in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize together with the Philippine journalist Maria Ressa.
In the lecture, Muratov took a hard line against President Vladimir Putin’s regime, comparing it to Stalin’s repression of the Russian people.
Among other things, criminal cases based on false accusations are often used in political cases, Muratov said, referring to the accusations against opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
“We hear more and more often about the torture of prisoners and detainees. People are being tortured to break down, to make the punishment even more brutal. This is barbarism,” Muratov warned.
Journalism in Russia is also going through dark times, he added.
“Over a hundred journalists, media, human rights defenders, and NGOs have in recent months been given the status of “foreign agents.” In Russia, this is the same as being the enemy of the people, he said.
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