06 Apr

Solidarity is fragile – thoughts on the “Network” case from ABC Dresden

Around a month ago before the whole Europe was locked down by the national states, anarchist movement in different parts of the world was shaken by the news from Russia around “Network Case”. Liberal news portal “Meduza” published information that some of the defendants from Penza were involved in murder of two people while they were on the run. This information brought back the topic of how we organize our solidarity and what are the limits of our solidarity. Although we are not located in the region, we have a connection to our comrades in Russia. We organized many solidarity events for those prosecuted under “Network” case in the city of Dresden. For example, an evening at the end of December, where we encouraged people to write to Russian Anarchists and Antifascists in prison.

This text is not an attack on the solidarity campaign or the anarchist movement in Russia. We are writing it to proceed with further discussion – only that way we can learn and avoid repeating the same mistakes as before.

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17 Feb

A Call for Solidarity Actions February 22-29

We must not forget the anarchists and anti-fascists suffering repression in Russia! We are calling for people to take action of all forms to express support for these prisoners, to protest the prison system, and to spread information about the use of torture as an instrument of repression in Russia.

Why now? On 10th February, 630 kilometers from Moscow, the court in Penza passed sentence on seven people accused of organizing the so-called “anarchist terrorist community ‘Network’”. This entire case is based on confessions the defendants were forced to agree to via intense torture as well as weapons planted by police and an extremely tenuous accusation that they were “planning to plan terrorist actions to overthrow the government of Russia”. For a “crime” without victims involving no real action and no real plan, the sentences decreed by the court are shockingly high. Dmitry Pchelintsev and Ilya Shakursky, the supposed organizers of this fabricated “Network,” were sentenced to 18 years and 16 years in prison, respectively. The others have been sentenced as follows: Arman Sagynbaev 6 years, Andrei Chernov 14 years, Vasily Kuksov 9 years, Mikhail Kulkov 10 years, and Maxim Ivankin 13 years of imprisonment.

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19 Mar

Solidarity action with Russian activists in Bielefed.

Several activists from Bielefed organized solidarity action with anarchists and antifascists tortured and prosecuted in Russia in last month. Since our last report on the situation – https://abcdd.org/2018/01/30/repression-in-russland-airsoft-der-pensaer-fall-des-terrorismus/ more and more people were detained all around the country with torture with electricity applied to them as well. Activist from Evgeniy Karakesh was as well kidnapped in Crimea under other charges connected with distribution of terrorist materials. Multiply anarchists and antifascists are leaving the country in fear for their health and health of their relatives (police and FSB have threatens many times consequences for those related with anarchists). And although elections ended up with Putin winning over 70% of votes repressions mass repressions against antifascists and anarchists are not expected to be over in foreseen future. Read More

30 Jan

Repression in Russia – Airsoft. Penza terrorism case

On January 23 in St. Petersburg, the antifascist Viktor Filinkov disappeared. Two days later he was found – the press service of the St. Petersburg courts wrote that he was arrested and found guilty of involvement in a terrorist community that “shares an anarchist ideology.” A day later, members of the Public Monitoring Commission of St. Petersburg (body controling observance of human rights in detention facilities), came to visit him, it turned out that Filinkov was . Read More

12 Jan

19.01 Day of memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova killed by nazis in Moscow in 2009

9 years ago left lawyer Stanislaw Markelov and anarchist journalist Anastasiya Baburova were approached by the person in a mask next to the metro station. The person had a gun and executed Markelov at the spot. Anastasiya tried to stop the murderer and was shot as well. She died later in the hospital. Baburova was working at Novaya Gazeta as reporter and that day was together with Markelov after press conference. Read More

12 Nov

Dmitry Buchenkov, Last Bolotnaya Square Defendant, Flees Russia

In an interview with Current Time TV, Bolotnaya Square defendant Dmitry Buchenkov said he has left Russia for a European Union country.

He said he has applied for political asylum in this country. Buchenkov failed to say exactly where he had gone.

“I’m calm about the fact I won’t be returning to the motherland soon. I won’t say leaving was easy. Psychologically, of course, I didn’t want to leave,” he noted. “The regime and the entire justice system forced me to take this step.”

He added he was currently not in touch with relatives. Read More

08 Jun

Political and social situation in Russia

The presentation about economic and sociopolitical situation in Russia will be held by two anarchists from Irkutsk (Siberia) who are part of anarchist, animal rights and social initiatives. They are also defendants in the recent case of ‘wounding religious feelings’ which is a criminal offence in Russia.

Since Russia is very wide and boundless, they will try to tell about the situation in the country in general, but also accentuate the talk on the happenings in its Siberian part.

You will learn about the post-Soviet heritage, the economic crisis in Russia, relationship between the political regime and the opposition, the anarchist movement and repressions of the state.

09 Nov

Statement of collective Anarchist Black Cross – Moscow: anti-fascist and anarchist Serebrennikov Oleg needs your help and solidarity!

serebrennikovAnarchical Black Cross Moscow (ABC – Moscow) urges to show solidarity and to help the anti-fascist and the anarchist Serebrennikov Oleg. On an extent more than ten years he actively participated in the anarchical and anti-fascist movements in Russia and in Izhevsk. Long time he cooperated with collective ABC – Moscow, helped detainees and the arrested anti-fascists and anarchists with Izhevsk, looked for for them lawyers, informed the public and activists on the repressions untied by police against anti-fascists in the city. He actively participated in solidarity actions in support of the imprisoned anti-fascists and social activists. Because of the serious problems with health which arose after attack of neo-Nazis on Oleg in 2004 the help is now necessary need for him. Read More