Please feel free to write to Paul Whelan and show your support. He's happy to get cards and letters, although they can take some time to get through censorship at the prison and into his hands. Paul is often able to write back, but there can be weeks and months of delay by the prison in releasing his mail to the post office, so just keep sending mail rather than waiting for a response. Paul has very few opportunities to communicate in English and your letters can make a difference, keeping him in touch with the world outside the Mordovian prison camp in which he now finds himself.
What to write about:
Introduce yourself, tell him about your part of the country, what's happening locally, anything that keeps him up-to-date on life in general. He will be happy to hear from you!
Which address to use:
Mail can get to Paul either directly to the prison or via the US Embassy in Moscow. They will deliver any letters they receive when they go to visit him every couple of months.
Here is the Embassy address for Paul. The mail to the Embassy uses a regular first-class mail stamp:
American Citizen Services Unit
5430 Moscow Place
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5430
Here is the prison address for Paul. These letters will require an international stamp. You can write the address in either English or Russian, using the format below. (A tip: if you write frequently, cut and paste this info and print it out on adhesive labels or print right onto an envelope!)
posyolok Ozernyi, St. Lesnaya 3
п. Озерный, ул. Лесная, д. 3
Уилану Полу Николасу