"Godparents" of political prisoners continue to publish open letters for their wards, because the administrations of Belarusian prisons deliberately do not hand over letters from foreigners for the political category of prisoners.
The previous letter was published for Hanna Ablab, convicted in the "Rabochy Rukh" case. It was written by the "political godmother" Beate Müller-Gemmeke, an MP from the Alliance 90/Green parliamentary group.
This time we publish a letter to political prisoner Andrei Paheryla from his symbolic godfather Helge Limburg, a member of the German Bundestag and a representative of the Alliance 90/The Greens.
"Dear Mr. Paheryla,
I am writing to you again and hope that this letter reaches you. I know that my last December letter was delivered to the prison in Grodno, but whether it was delivered to you personally, I do not know. Unfortunately, a reply from you did not reach me, but I am sure that this is not your fault. I have learned that you and your colleagues were recently sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Above all, I want you to know one thing: you are not forgotten!
In Belarus, in Germany and all over Europe, many people are interested in your fate and advocate for your freedom!
I will not stop fighting for you either. Neither will many of my colleagues in the German Bundestag, who have also taken it upon themselves to sponsor prisoners like you and your colleagues. I am sure that in the end we will succeed together.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with your acquaintances from Grodno. They told me a lot of interesting things about you and reinforced my impression that you are a courageous and honest young man with good values and ideals. From what I have been able to learn, you are a true asset not only to your friends and colleagues, but to your entire country. I would very much like to meet you in person one day, and I am sure that day will come. I also enclose with this letter a few pages of stationery which you may use to reply. I will be very pleased to receive a reply from you. If there is anything I can do to help you or your family, I will be glad to do my best."
Helge Limburg Member of the Bundestag".
Andrei Paheryla - former repairman of the Ammiak-3 shop at Grodno Azot, convicted to 14 years in the "Rabochy Rukh" case for fraudulent criminal article on treason against the state.