By Gennadiy Afanasyev, Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian political prisoner being held in penal colony #25 in Siktivkarì, Komi Republic, Russia
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
I, Gennadiy Serhiovich Afanasyev, was put behind bars, I was tortured, for loving my homeland. Using me, as well as other participants in their trial of “Crimean terrorists,” the Russian government tried to justify its invasion and capture of Ukrainian territories, but it opened itself up to ridicule, letting the whole world see the legal disorder that rules in their nation.
I am Ukrainian. My passport was and will remain that of a citizen of Ukraine. They are now trying to force me to change my citizenship, to become a Russian. But I did not sign any documents, did not abandon my homeland.
I am proud that my nation found the strength to throw off the shackles of tyranny, and to get up off it’s knees. I’m proud that I myself found the strength to throw them off my own back. They can add more than just a year, not just one year more of difficulties, tests and obstacles to endure for the truth. But I am only happy for this.
I am grateful to all those who are not indifferent to my fate, who helps me, my friends and my family.
I hope that the government of Ukraine, its consuls, will help and will contribute their efforts; that an extradition will be organized or an exchange, I hope to return to my homeland.
I wish you – to fear nothing and to never give up.
Glory to Ukraine!
Source: EuromaidanSOS FB