Open Democracy, “Russia wants this young anarchist to stay in prison forever”

The Kremlin wants Azat Miftakhov and other political prisoners behind bars forever, says an exiled Russian journalist

By Yan Shenkman, September 5, 2023

A few months ago, I received a message from a random social media account in Russia, which asked me to sign an open letter in support of Russian political prisoner Azat Miftakhov.

I knew the man behind the account, which has since been deleted; these days, he is ‘deep underground’, trying to stay completely off the grid. I questioned what help a letter could be but signed anyway. A person who is safe has no right to refuse those who are in danger.

When I saw the letter published in French media outlet Mediapart days later, I learned that hundreds of others had also demanded freedom for Miftakhov: mathematicians, scientists, journalists, trade unionists, from countries including France, the US and Russia.

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