It is my great pleasure no longer to be writing to you from a prison cell and to be making use of all the opportunities freedom, real if limited in certain ways, affords. During four and a half months each of us has carried on a common struggle in their own way. In a certain sense, for me it was easier: all I had to do was remain calm and wait. Everyone else—those who signed letters, wrote articles, held demonstrations, spoke at meetings, collected funds—had to act not knowing how effective it would be and if it would produce any results. Only in retrospect do we know that none of this effort was wasted and that ultimately we would reach our goal.
I cannot write words of thanks to each of you, since I'm not acquainted or in touch with everyone. But I am sincerely and deeply grateful to everyone who took part in this campaign; I understand and value the contribution of each of its participants.
Unfortunately, our success is not final: I, together with my wonderful attorney Sergei Erokhov, will still have to do battle in the courts, because the prosecution has appealed the verdict and it seems that someone in Russian official circles has not given up hope of putting me back behind bars. We continue to defend the justice of our position, and we still rely on your support and solidarity.
Many tasks lie ahead. Political prisoners not only in Russia but worldwide still need our support, along with the many people who are being pressured and persecuted while not being leaders of social movements or prominent activists. It is not enough to free only one or two famous people, political figures and intellectuals; the main task is to change society. This is the great work we are all doing and will continue to do.