The Navalny Meeting, a Broken Camera, and Justice in Russia

As some of you know, a couple of weeks ago, I went to film at a pro-Navalny meeting here in Moscow. During the course of this, during an exchange of non-flattering verbals, one of the Navalny supporters smashed my camera, all clearly captured by others videoing the event.

I did what one does in such situations, after discovering that the £300 video camera was broken beyond repair, went to the police in Moscow, who did their job swiftly, and effectively, apprehending the person in question.

Que tears from western journalists that one of their beloved Navalny supporters may be jailed for two years (a possible sentence if convicted), and hysterics about the case being ‘politicised’, etc.

Absolutely not the case. It’s been dealt with in an effective, professional, low-key way by the Russian police, with no question of politics or show ever coming into it.

And anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not a vindictive person. But things must be done properly, by the law. Under Russian law, I have the right to accept an apology by this person, and to withdraw my complaint.

I am prepared to do this, if – the apology is sincere, official, and the full amount of the camera is compensated. I will donate this money, in full, to an organisation which does humanitarian work for Donbass, because people have already donated for me to purchase a new camera.

I’d again like to thank the Russian police for their professionalism in this. A case of violation, repentance, restitution, and then we move on.