IamA Kaur Kender! I'm a writer who is being charged for literary fiction because of exposing the fentanyl situation in Estonia! AMA!
My short bio: Hi, I'm Kaur Kender, an ad-man become writer become social activist. I quit my short study of semiotics and became an advertising executive, then working in venture capital. Back in web 1.0 days I pushed e-commerce projects and formed a frankly unsettling relationship with the political elites of my country, Estonia: an obscure, noirish place in Eastern Europe.
My years of shit-peddling turned me into a provocative writer, then a full on citizen activist. Last three years I've been busting out gonzo journalism moves from writing a public letter to Russia’s éminence grise Vladislav Surkov to posting sexy, shirtless pictures of Stalin online.
I'm a speaker against Estonia’s apartheid-like state structure, war on drugs, HIV epidemic and fentanyl deaths. A member of the vilified ZA/UM movement, my platform of choice is the web 2.0 unique Nihilist.fm of which I am chief editor.
I am being being censored by having my book banned because I've been working to expose the 3-Methylfentanyl situation in Estonia. The book I wrote is called Untitled 12 in 2014 and now it is published in English.
The book, literary fiction, includes graphic descriptions of events that happen in Estonia. One of them is about sexual child abuse and now I am being sued for production of child pornography and will potentially be sentenced to 3 years in prison because of it.
They want to silence me and are doing everything in order to stop me from doing my work to spread the word about the corruption going on in Estonia. There is a huge Fentanyl problem in Estonia. As you might know Estonia has the #1 drug ODs per capita in Europe and that is because of the lack of drug education, harm reduction and also because there is no Heroin, only Fentanyl (mostly 3-methyl-butyr-fentanyl). I have been campaigning and raising awareness about these problems for quite a while now and someone doesn't like that and is trying to shut me up.
PEN International Estonian chapter made public announcement that this is a clear case of political persecution because of my active aggressive fight against the war on drugs and other political statements.
We have done a lot to help with the Fentanyl problem in Estonia. Estonain media has been mostly silent about Fentanly epidemic for the past 15 years. I and Nihilist.fm have brought this topic to the daylight and now Fentanly is a household name. We fought to introduce filters to Estonia and are now trying to get HAT (Heroin-Assisted Treatment) running. We are campaigning and meeting up with people for HAT and we are slowly succeeding.
There is still a lot of work to do and we are trying to raise awareness of the situation in Estonia, how and why there is no heroin, why Estonia is #1 in drug deaths and what we can do about it, how there is so much corruption and nothing is being done about it.
EDIT: Thanks everybody. It's been amazing ride. Putin should also do his AMA in reddit. Big up, and thanks everybody for kind words. I'll get some sleep now and then I'll try to check back here if there was something I missed. Thanks again. I'm humbled.
EDIT: Also to clarify a bit. I was indeed in US while i wrote final version of this fiction. I was vacationing in Detroit December 2014. And i published it while I was there. Published it on our blog nihilist.fm hosted in UK. So yes, I was physically in US while publishing UNTITLED 12. But Estonian prosecutor didn't care about it much cause I published it in Estonian language and that's all the jurisdiction they need. But in a sense it is a piece of American transgressive literature, not very good maybe but still a literature, nothing more, nothing less. Only written in Estonian and now hacked to English. And sold by Amazon.
EDIT: Estonia's leading Human Rights activist wrote about my case.
FINAL EDIT: Well, thanks people, it was fun and thanks for the kind words. Still some Estonians feel really butt hurt and attack me with the same vitriol Kazakhs would have attacked Sacha Cohen's Borat if he'd been unlucky to be one of them. Well guess what, I'm not going away. But many others fellow Estonians - thanks. Your support means a lot to me.