Four people arrested after solidarity actions with arestees of New Year Punk Gig in Minsk


Untitled-2On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity actions with people previously arrested at New Year Punk Party in Minsk. One person was captured by the police at the prison gates, when people came to meet their comrades, who were supposed to be released after 10 days of arrest they were sentenced to after the concert.

Four people were sentenced to 15 days in prison for disobeying police orders. Some activists connect the continuation of repressions with solidarity actions that were carried out on January 16. That day several autonomous anarchist groups organised protest actions in three places simultaneously: at the Court where their comrades had been tried, at the Prison where they had been kept and at the Police station which had been in charge of the raid. There they made a picture with hands behind their heads to show their protest against the police raid at the New Year Punk Gig and the following detention of three people that were doing distro tables during the concert.

After the concert police officers started visiting people that gave their IDs during the gig privately as well. Anarchist Black Cross Belarus reports at least about one person who got official warning of unacceptable extremist activity. Several more people reported police attempts to meet them or arrange “private” talks.

With elections in Belarus getting closer repressions against the local anarchist movement intensify. Only in January all in all seven people were arrested six of which got from 10 to 15 days in prison. All these people face or will face problems at work, some of them had to change their workplace because of the previous arrests.

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Results of monday trials after New Year Punk Gig


1302276884On January 12 in Minsk court have ruled on three cases of people detained on Saturday at New Year Punk Show. All the three people were charged with minor hooliganism, two of them were additionally charged with distribution of extremist materials. During the court the Judge have found violations in protocols on distribution of extremist materials so the documents were send back to police to fix the violations.

The Hearing started with Judge forbidding friends and comrades to enter the court room. However several people managed to go through and observe the process. All the detainees were accused of swearing at the moment of riot police entrance to the club. They all accepted the charges. The result was not so optimistic: the girl got around 100 euro fine, two guys were sentenced to 10 days in prison. It is still unclear when the hearing on distribution of extremist materials will be held.

One of the detainees reported that he was beaten up in police station.

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Riot cops raid punk concert in Minsk


On January 10, 2015, in the club “Pirates” there was supposed to be a concert of several punk bands including italian “Kalashnikov”.

However, on information received from witnesses, this never happened. Approximately during the middle of the set of the first band, the club was surrounded by police cars and “branded” vans of Riot police without numbers. Front doors were locked, people were banned to leave the building. After that riot police in masks broke into the building. Without explanations they put everyone face to the walls with hands behind the head. This was followed by ID check and control of personal belongings. The whole procedure took around one hour and a half with constant video recording from police. Distro with anarchist and other political literature was of particular interest for them – they were searching for owners of items without any success. However they confiscated all the items from distro including political books, musical CDs and Vinyls. The whole raided as abruptly as it had begun: after checking everyone they left the place without any explanations. (more…)

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Arrests after anarchist rally in Minsk


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At least 4 people were arrested from 3 to 15 days in Minsk after anarchist rally that was held this Monday. There were no police during the Rally that lasted for 5 minutes. However later on people were detained by police from their working places. They were prosecuted next day for disobedience and violation of rules of public gatherings.

Some activists started gathering solidarity money for working comrades as they won’t get at least half of their salary after 15 days in Prison. If you wanna donate to those people you can use our paypal account belarus_abc@riseup.net, but please state the cause of transaction.

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Greece: Detained anarchist Nikos Maziotis


nikos-maziotisNikos Maziotis, anarchist and member of armed organization «revolutionary struggle» was arrested today in the centre of Athens. Police officers arrived at a jewel store after a call for armed robbery. They were surprised to see that one of the robbers was Nikos Maziotis who opened fire against them right away when he saw them. After a short exchange of gun shots, Nikos Maziotis, one police officer and two tourists were injured. Nikos Maziotis was arrested.
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Arrests, detentions and interrogations – World Hockey Championship 2014 in Minsk


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Several hours left before the official start of the World Hockey Championship 2014 in Belarus. Event that was planned in 2009 during another political thaw between the West and Lukashenko was constantly criticized by human rights and political organizations for support of Lukashenko’s political regime. Many groups called national hockey teams to boycott the championship, however International Federation of Ice Hockey decided once again that sport is standing apart from politics and retained the right for hosting championship in Minsk. But it is impossible to keep sport business away from politics. For Lukashenko this championship is a unique way to legitimize Belarusian political system on behalf of tournament participants. On the one hand, we see harsh critics of the regime from the West, on the other hand, Minsk today is full of national flags of teams participating in the show. In this atmosphere the political tensions seem to be gone and everyone is going to enjoy the truce.

At the time when players of national teams will be ice skating and monkeying around in ice palaces build for this one-time event, and tourists, the ones that will dare to come to Belarus, will be spending their money to recover Belarusian economy, Belarusian police and KGB will increase repressions of any Lukashenko’s political opponents. Nowadays dozens of activists ended up in jail based on false minor cases.

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Belarusian anarchist from Gomel Dzmitry Rezanovich is waiting for deportation from Russia


gosudarstvennaya-granitsa-rossii-i-ukrainy-mestnyi-0000566028-previewAnarchist from Gomel - Dzmitry Rezanovich – was detained on March 13-14 by Russian security forces when he tried to cross Russian-Ukrainian border. He is now at one of the Kursk pre-trial facilities, relatives are not allowed to visit him. It’s not yet clear what was the reason for detention. He had the passport of his brother, but it looks like the special services were not interested in this misdemeanor, they allegedly suspect him of a conspiracy to launch an attack on Kursk nuclear power plant as well as participation in Maidan protests.

We think this story is connected with the Russian hysteria about possible war with the Ukraine and expected diversive acts from Ukrainian side.

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Nizhni Novgorod: Anarchist Ilya Romanov wounded in an explosion at draft office


Levii450Ilya Romanov, a 46-years old Russian anarchist, was wounded on 26th of October 2013. According to authorities, this happened when a homemade bomb suddenly went off in his hands. The accident happened next to a building occupied by Russian Army draft office.

Local police stated that the homemade bomb exploded early in the morning on saturday in the hands of anarchist. His left hand was torn off. The man was placed in hospital.

Ilya Romanov was interrogated by the police. He claimed the “homemade explosive device” was in fact a firecracker.

Mass media were quick to report about police raid on Ilya’s apartement that turned up extremist literature and various chemical reagents used for manufacturing of explosive devices. (more…)

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(Русский) ОМОН сорвал хардкор-концерт в Бресте


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Russia: Antifascist Alen Volikov detained in Moscow in a probe into a 2011 brawl


At about 10.30 p.m. on November 6, antifascist Alen Volikov, 23, and his girlfriend were walking out of a shop in Moscow when police operatives, who drove up in three cars, ran over to them. According to the woman, they presented criminal police IDs and explained the detention by the fact that Volikov is on a federal wanted list.

Most likely this explanation is not true, as the lawyers for the other antifascists detained as part of the same criminal probe, Alexei Olesinov and Alexei Sutuga, did not find any information about people who are on wanted lists. It is likely that the federal wanted notice may be backdated, which was the case with Olesinov’s detention in February.

It seems likely that Alen Volikov may become the third suspect in the probe into a brawl at Moscow’s Vozdukh Club. To recap, during a punk gig in mid-December 2011 some of the gig-goers had a quarrel but they quickly made up. However, the venue’s security guards, armed with non-lethal weapons, became involved, the gig was stopped, and the club was emptied. At the door, a brawl, which involved shooting from non-lethal weapons, started between gig-goers and security guards who said they were nationalists. Two people were injured.  (more…)

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