— I've been teaching since 2014, and I have a slide for international students on the evolution of media-governing laws in Russia. Since 2014, I’ve been adding two or three new lines to this slide every year. There was a tougher punishment introduced for announcing unauthorized rallies with fines up to 300,000 rubles, then the Yarovaya law, then the foreign agent law — only to name a few.
There are more than 15 lines on this slide. And one can clearly see how we’ve been giving it all up. Each time they slightly increased the temperature, as though heating us in a saucepan on a stove, and we just kept saying from inside that saucepan: "Well, it’s still bearable". And if you speak out against that, there is a chance you’ll immediately catch it in the neck. Some spoke out and were punished, and some spoke out — and temperature for them increased even more.
Therefore, I don’t see any point at all in any compromise now. Everything has been revealed, everything is visible now, all the masks are dropped, there are no compromises. I’m proud that we are not making any compromises now — and will never make any more. What for?