Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan who was arrested when Russian special forces stormed the Arctic Sunrise on September 19th has written a letter home in which he talks about his fears for a lengthy sentence, life in a Russian prison and Spur's latest result.
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Read the full letter:
Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Aside from the horrible uncertainty, and
the anxiety that causes, I’m ok. The food is basic or grim but I’ll not starve.
The guards can’t communicate but are polite and harmless, likewise my cell mate
can barely string two words of English together but he is fine with me. We draw
pictures and speak pigeon versions of the other’s language – it’s funny in a
Lack of communication has been really tough
– I just hope my lawyer can get messages to you – you should be able to reply
directly or scan in a letter. I will ask him to send you the prison address –
packages are allowed (with restrictions, keep the nail file out!). Things to
keep me occupied are always welcome – I’m running out of books since we’ve
swapped between the group already. Hopefully GP [Greenpeace] and the Embassy
can help there too. I’m not allowed to see the others I came with, we are being
kept separately and the only chance to talk comes during the exercise period –
it involves shouting over 2 metre high walls and hoping someone can speak
I’m worried about you all – what you know,
what you don’t, how you’re both doing, how Mum is doing? Stay in touch with
Nancy for me, I feel so guilty I’m not there and you all have to suffer with
me. Like I say it’s the not knowing that’s doing the damage – no-one can figure
out the next play, and it’s all play, we’re just pieces in a game we didn’t
want to participate in. People hear rumours from lawyers about release or being
moved to apartments and so on, but I think it’ll just be decided far away and
we’ll be the last to know. To be honest, if GP [Greenpeace] have contacted you
all, you probably know more than I do.
I’m trying to prepare myself for a lengthy
sentence. Everyone says it’s very unlikely but all of this feels unlikely. My
lawyer seems good though, and he said, me being an independent freelance
journalist is a good thing.
All my love,
**Some of the content has removed at the request of Kieron's family**