A photo of Putin’s clandestine castle bought with colossal corruption, and made public by Navalny just after he was incarcerated. This was carried by the National Post on 22 January 2021.
If I were he
probably I would still be
thinking I could stay free
despite having abandoned my fate.
He knew he had no choice
but to return to raise his voice
his weapons words
humanity his compass.
Despite poisoning and prison
and Presidential derision
he has shown he can prevail
now he cannot fail
a David facing a Goliath.
Hiding behind his sneering smile
his nemesis faces a dire trial
owing to corruption boundless and a population hostile-
a legacy of blood; this is his style
it’s on his lips and his hands and in his mind.
Alexei is a Mandela
a political fellow
a man who will not mellow
nor will he yellow
in the face of adversity.
He may not see the end of this story
yet whatever happens, he will know glory
steeped in allegory
whose example will help bring democracy and liberty.
to his people.
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