“What are the reasons for this?” Vishnevsky asks rhetorically. “Some do not believe there are any repressions because they watch television which tells them that there are no political prisoners in Russia. Some consider that the only victims are those who violate the law … and Some aren’t upset because neither they nor their relatives and friends have been touched” yet.
According to the deputy, “the indifferent majority does not understand” that repressions can touch anyone for the most accidental of reasons and that then there will be nothing that can be done. Consequently, “don’t ask for whom the bell of political repressions tolls. At any moment as in former times, it can toll for you. And then it will be too late to protest.”