Thank you for supporting the campaign by PEN International to help move Kazakh poet Aron Atabek from solitary confinement, where he had been until November 2013. In December 2013 it was confirmed by the poet’s lawyer that he would be transferred to a minimum security jail closer to his family in Almaty. Click here for the full update from PEN. Click here to read a letter and poem written by Atabek to PEN.
Atabek is currently imprisoned in what has been described as one of Kazakhstan's harshest jails. He has been in solitary confinement since December 2012 and will continue to stay there until the end of 2014: this is his punishment for writing The Heart of Eurasia, a blunt critique of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his government.
For more info on his case, see the appeal by PEN International, and click here to read a thank-you letter from Atabek's son Aidar Aidarkhan to supporters.
Send an automatic letter now to the authorities asking them to move him from solitary confinement and to a prison closer to his family. (The letter will be sent in Russian.)