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Written by:
Paul Holland
17 May 2024

Vladimir Kara-Murza, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence after criticising Russia’s war in Ukraine, has written to the College from his prison cell.

The Trinity Hall alumnus said in his letter that “the truth, in the end, does come out stronger” and added he was “incredibly honoured” to learn he had been made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall in recognition of his bravery. Reflecting on the honour he said: “good news are a scarce commodity in a special-regime prison in Siberia”.

The 42-year-old, a journalist and opposition activist, was imprisoned in April 2022 and convicted of treason last year.

He is among a growing number of dissidents held in increasingly severe conditions under President Putin’s political crackdown.

Vladimir was last year made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, where he studied History as an undergraduate. Unable to accept the fellowship himself it was accepted on his behalf by his wife, Evgenia.