Navalny Reveals Daily Routine of Being Compelled to Listen to Pro-Putin Singer in Russian Prison

Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, known for raising allegations of corruption and lampooning President Vladimir Putin’s elite, revealed a new challenge on Monday. In addition to complaints about poisoning, assault, and inadequate medical care, Navalny disclosed that he is now compelled to endure a daily morning routine involving the Russian national anthem followed by a patriotic song titled “I am Russian,” performed by a pro-Putin singer known as “Shaman.

Known by his real name, Yaroslav Dronov, the artist popularly known as Shaman has surged to prominence on the back of war-driven patriotism, securing a regular spot on state television. He is among the celebrities officially endorsing Putin for the upcoming presidential run in March.

Shaman’s distinctive song, often delivered in a black leather ensemble adorned with an armband in the Russian flag’s colors, is titled “I am Russian.” The lyrics convey a message of Russian resilience, emphasizing the inability to be “broken,” the commitment to “go to the end,” and the acknowledgment of carrying the blood of their forefathers.

An Unusual Start to the Day

The 32-year-old singer stirred up a heated debate in November by staging a simulated detonation of a nuclear bomb during a concert broadcast on state TV. In the performance, he pushed a red button in a mock nuclear suitcase, triggering fireworks around him.

Navalny conveyed his surreal morning routine in a message shared through his allies on X.

“The singer Shaman rose to fame while I was already in prison, so I couldn’t witness his emergence or listen to his music. However, I was aware that he had become Putin’s primary singer, with his key track being ‘I am Russian’,” wrote Navalny.

Expressing his curiosity about the song, Navalny explained the challenges of hearing it while in prison. His transfer to Yamal, the location of his Arctic prison, brought an unexpected daily routine.

Navalny noted the irony in the situation, recalling that state propaganda had once emphasized his participation in annual marches with Russian nationalists. Now, years later, he found himself listening to an ultra-nationalist pop song for educational purposes during his morning prison exercises. But if this isn’t it, then what is?,” Navalny humorously pondered.

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