Translated and edited by: Banafsheh zand
Excellency Mr Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation,
Please accept my most sincere greetings. I apologize in advance for not being able to personally deliver this letter of woe and hardship; thus I dispatch it to you in the form of a public petition, from within my prison cell in Tehran’s Evin prison. I write this open letter to be documented and embedded in the pages of contemporary history; maybe it’s reflections will ripple to the Kremlin and meanwhile, touch each reader’s humanity on it’s way to you. I leave it to your conscience to judge our regretful situation.
I am an independent clergyman in Iran who over a seven year period, has been attacked by the Iranian regime’s military and security agents, at the behest of their special clerical intelligence services. They have brutalized a large number of my family and relatives, as well as hundreds of my supporters, almost all of whom have been imprisoned and tortured in the secret Evin prison wards. My 6 month old granddaughter was even abused in order to coerce her mother to confess to inappropriate and false assertions. And finally my devout elderly mother was driven to her grave under the constant threat and pressure exerted by the Iranian regime.
All of these invasions and ongoing assault have been organized in order to suppress free thought and enforce religious censorship in Iran. I stand accused of discord with the governmental religious mandate and standing apart from the state religion. I have therefore been pounded into a slow and deliberate death, barred from access to legal representation, medical treatment, medication or any real human and civil right whatsoever.
As you well know, Iran is one of the wealthiest countries in the world because of its natural resources and national assets, but even according to members of the Iranian parliament more than half of Iranians live below the poverty line.
The Iranian leaders who lean on your for support, continue to plunder the Iranian people’s property, and have pushed our nation to the edge of total chaos and destruction. Anyone with any real knowledge of the statistics and poverty index of the Iranian people, would cease all support for this inhumane regime. Are you quite certain that these are the characters you wish to have in control of one of your most important neighboring countries?
Now, the injured and depleted people of Iran blame you and the Russian Federation for all of their misery and misfortunes. The results of this revolution, after 33 years is countless and indescribable. The same way that the world now views the 72 year long brutal reign of the Soviet Socialist regime, your action will also come under scrutiny and judgment by future generations.
Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran
Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, June 2012