'I'm afraid to be jailed': Daughter of Pro-Putin senator who was branded 'traitor' flees Russia after opposing Ukraine war
The 25-year-old Diana Isakova admitted that she went to opposition rallies, single pickets, and protested the activities of the government
SOCHI, RUSSIA: The daughter of a Pro-Putin senator fled from Russia after getting labeled as a traitor, enemy of the people, and criminal for opposing the war in Ukraine. Diana Isakova raised eyebrows after she got arrested by the FSB secret service for posting flyers against the Russian-Ukraine war conflict. She admitted that she went to opposition rallies, and single pickets, and protested the activities of the government.
According to The Daily Mail, the 25-year-old’s father Eduard Isakov had warned her earlier to not criticize Putin or the authorities on social media. Diana had staged a protest in Sochi which led to her rapid arrest and now claimed that Putin embodied cruelty, arrogance, and impunity. The Russian activist claimed that the Russian President and her senator father who backs the former should face justice for the war.
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‘He told me I was a traitor to our family’
According to The Daily Mail, Diana Isakova about her father said, “We had a conversation, and all of my fears came true.” The yoga teacher told Medusa media outlet, “He told me I was a traitor to our family, an enemy of the people, and a criminal.” The activist revealed that she saw the suffering of Ukrainians who she followed on Instagram when the war started. “These girls' stories were full of bombs and sobbing. I felt their suffering as if it were my own," said Diana.
Speaking of Putin, she continued, “Inside of every cruel person, there's an unhappy child who's afraid to admit his weakness, his vulnerability, and his needs.” She further shared, “At some point in his childhood, someone was cruel to him and it was painful” adding, “Naturally, Putin should be held accountable, but that doesn't mean we just shoot him. By seeking revenge, we're effectively going down the same hateful path.”
‘I'm afraid of persecution, I'm afraid to be jailed’
Diana Isakova, who fled from Russia, has now taken sanctuary in Georgia as her father continues to attack her for opposing Putin and his war in Ukraine. “I'm afraid of persecution, I'm afraid to be jailed. I wouldn't say that I'm just terribly afraid of prison or something. But I think I can do more good not in prison”, said Diana.
She continued, “I believe that Putin is not the main problem. If Putin leaves, something will change, but not very much, because the root of the problem is that the tyrant is attracted by the victim.” Diana further stated, “And such a sacrificial state, such a sacrificial nation that Russia has become for the most part, these are silent, submissive people without their own opinions” adding, “There is a cult of cruelty, tolerance of violence between people, between children.”
‘She sold out her father’
Speaking against her daughter, Eduard Isakov said that she was taking a stand against the execution of the special military operation, against her own country's policy. The pro-Putin senator stated, “She received money from certain media outlets. In other words, she sold out her father, her family, her Motherland, and left Russia.”
He continued, “It's difficult to find words for when your daughter turns out to be a traitor. She did not just oppose a special military operation, she secretly engaged in opposition activities behind my back, living in my house, at my expense, realizing that I work for federal authorities.” The senator said, “When she was detained, she was frightened and said that as a senator's daughter they had no right to touch her. She is not 15 years old, she has not been a teenager for a long time, she is 25 years old, this is an adult who, confessing her love to me, opposed me.”