Staunton, Nov. 11 – The recent coverage of torture in Russian penal institutions has had two important consequences as far as Russian public opinion is concerned. On the one hand, it has revealed significant support among the population for the use of torture; but on the other, it has shown that Russians now fear their own government more than they do a new world war.
Because it seems incredible that large numbers of Russian support the use of torture, that has attracted more attention. But such support is hardly limited to Russia. In many countries, large minorities back the use of torture to secure information about terrorism or even to punish those found guilty of crimes.
But the impact of the videos on torture in Russian prisons on Russian feelings about their government is likely far more significant as far as the future of that country is concerned. Moscow commentator Yekaterina Schulmann in words cited by Novyye izvestiya makes that clear (newizv.ru/article/general/11-11-2021/oprivychivanie-pytok-pochemu-grazhdanskoe-obschestvo-v-rossii-terpimo-k-nasiliyu