I don’t want to reveal the exact amount, but it was more than AZN 100.000,” Secretary of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers Chingiz Abdullayev told APA.
According to him, it is not right when a writer demands fee for visit: “Nobel Prize winners in literature and other specialties come to Azerbaijan. Why should we pay them for it? They come to Azerbaijan and familiarize with the country. This is disrespect. When I go somewhere, do not demand money. Why should Coelho demand? In any case, this issue has not been closed yet. We will invite him to future events. Chingiz Aitmatov and Olzhas Suleimenov came to our country. These writers are as good as Coelho.”