PEN: While having a degree in Geography, you decided to become a writer in a country like Azerbaijan, where free speech is aggressively oppressed. What pushed you towards this decision?
PEN: You were arrested after posting critical comments in social media, for your activism and free expression under fabricated charges. Are there many cases such as yours in Azerbaijan’s justice system?
PEN: International organization for human rights Amnesty International soon after your arrest declared you (and many others) a “prisoner of conscience”. How does the government react to the attention of international organizations? Does it work as an influence or pressure or not at all?
PEN: How does the society react on unjust arrests? Is there any kind of resistance and confrontation against government?
PEN: What is Aliyev’s Azerbaijan regime like in a few words? What are major threats and problems under a dynastic rule?
PEN: In your text Life for the Truth, you talk about the importance of truth and lying nature of humans. Can the truth win even when it is punished?
PEN: In a talk about freedom you write: "I burn for freedom and justice, but I cannot become free and just! Besides, it's not entirely up to me. As the "patients" of Aliyevism's "clinic" have destroyed their very last hopes for it!" What does it mean to you to be free?
PEN: Are there people remaining in Azerbaijani prisons who have been arrested for freedom of expression?
PEN: You were released from prison three years before the end of your term as a result of an amnesty. As you left and are living in Georgia now, are your relatives back home still at risk?