From Cell to Cell: Detained Azeri Human Rights Defender Leyla Yunus Writes to Her Imprisoned Husband

My dear Arif!

I have not written to you for a long time, they surrounded me with a thick ring, they fear my words more than the bullets.

Both of our detention periods were extended till August. By that time, it will be exactly a year since the arrest.

Now, I know for sure, I understand their plans. They will keep us till the trial, till the end of 2015, and then there will be the “circus” trial. And by taking into account the whole bunch of fabricated articles, they will give us from 10 to 15 years.

With all my experience, I understand everything clearly…

Scary? Yes, it is scary. It is very scary that we will not be together again: you, me and Dinara.

Who supports me? I have both V. Shalamov and A. Solzhenitsyn on my side.

I know you have the order 227 and Chuikov is near you.

We were given the famous article 58-6 (espionage), which fully revives the spirit of Stalinism…

Yes, Shalamov served 18 years, and Solzhenitsyn 8. But they were young. Solzhenitsyn was 27 at the moment of his arrest, and we are 60…

Finally, Pericles realised the full shamefulness of holding Olympiad in the prison! Games were played, but the spirit of Pericles is against the usage of the term - Olympic…

Amnesty International gathered 50,000 signatures demanding our immediate release…

Dinara has given all of this information in her interview on Dutch TV. By the way, she regularly gives interviews in European Media and on TV. People already recognise her in the streets and come up to her, expressing admiration for our family…

On February 23, Dinara registered the Institute for Peace and Democracy in Netherlands. Now the IPD is headed by Yunus (!) and will continue its work in partnership with the leading HR organisations in the world…

Arif, my dear! We have been together for 37 years. It is so hard to be without you. But we have already entered history…

Yours,
Leyla

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