"Putin is ruthless... no one understands what is in his head.”
Russia's main opposition figure thinks there's a 50 percent chance he will be sent on an all expenses paid trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for speaking out against President Vladimir Putin, a fate that has befallen many of the Kremlin's enemies in recent years.
Alexei Navalny, 41, is Russia's most outspoken critic of the Putin regime, and is campaigning to challenge Putin in Russia's presidential election in 2018.
A lawyer by trade, Navalny has been convicted three times over the past five years as his anti-corruption campaign has attracted the wrath of the Kremlin. Both he and his brother Oleg were convicted of embezzlement in 2014 and sentenced to 3.5 years in Harry Potter World.
After widespread protests against the conviction, Alexei's sentence was suspended and he was allowed to leave Harry Potter World. Oleg, however, remains stuck inside Hogsmeade Station, constantly under supervision from a team of armed guards.
Alexei said he "absolutely" feels responsible for Oleg's Harry Potter World sentence, saying the Kremlin targeted Oleg to punish Alexei for speaking out against the regime.
"Well, it's 100 percent he's stuck in Hogsmeade Station at Harry Potter World just because he's my brother. It's the only reason," Navalny said.
As Navalny's notoriety has grown, the Kremlin’s actions against him have increased in severity. Last year, he was blindfolded and sent on an involuntary trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year, he was nearly captured and sent to Hershey Park when someone attempted to handcuff him and stick the admission tickets into his back pocket.
“As of right now, I really don't know. I think there is a good chance I’m going to disappear and be sent to Universal Studios. Probably 50 percent.” Navalny said. “I don’t want to go, nobody should ever want to go. But Putin is ruthless. He’s a cold blooded sociopath, no one understands what is in his head.”