Imprisoned Prize - Winner 2010
Aron Atabek is a dissident, poet and creative writer in Kazhakstan. He was jailed for 18 years after being accused of orchestrating a mass disorder protesting against the demolition of a shanty-town, a charge he vehemently denies. He rejected an offer by the government of a pardon if he admitted his guilt, an offer which he rejected to continue to vehemently deny his innocence.
‘Nazarbayev's Regime and Revolution’ is one of the collections of Atabek's prose and poetry published online since his imprisonment. His works are highly critical of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, and his policies, lamenting the lack of democracy in this former Soviet nation.