The political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, head of the Viasna Human Rights Center, does not believe that he will be released soon and devotes all his free time in prison to his creative work.
The human rights defender Tatyana Revyako received a letter from Bialiatski in which he addresses this issue. The letter is dated May 6, right after Easter. This is significant because there were hopes that political prisoners might be released over this holiday.
Tatyana reports that “He wrote that he really didn’t expect to be released because he had not received any specific signs that his fate or, I would think, the fate of any other political prisoners, would change significantly at this time. So he is prepared to spend a long time in the penal colony, and he plans to use this time to prepare for the publication of three of his books.”
According to Tatyana, the first book will be devoted to the history of the human rights movement. Ales wrote it while he was in prison and it will be published this year on Human Rights Day, which is December 10.
The second book will be a compilation of Bialiatski’s publications in the mass media, interviews, and recollections over the past 15 years that he has worked as a human rights activist.
The concept of the third book is still being developed. It will be a kind of reference book for social activists and human rights defenders to organize campaigns in support of political prisoners.