Political Prisoner

In his prison cell he sits and reads

Makes notes and sketches

Reflecting on his needs

Receives and answers letters

Always stay in touch

Locked away and yet he does so much


He awaits a day of freedom

Prepares to write a book

A witness to oppression

By the stand he took

He could like many have got away

And left his motherland

He chose to stay and suffer

Important to take a stand


It’s a living crucifixion

Nailed there in one place

Internal exile prison

Where no one sees your face

Oh what a freedom we enjoy

Our face fresh to the wind

Remember Ilya Yashin

And others of his kind


Brian Fahy

4 March 2023


The Guardian newspaper has been in correspondence with Ilya Yashin, serving a prison sentence in Russia for his opposition to Putin. See article today.

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