Замоскворецкий районный суд Москвы 23 июля начал рассматривать уголовное дело в отношении 28-летнего антифашиста Алексея Сутуги по кличке Сократ, обвиняемого в нанесении побоев и хулиганстве. Поддержать подсудимого пришли его родители и сестра, а также друзья-антифашисты. Явились на заседание и двое потерпевших — Рустам Мирза и Вячеслав Белов.
Защита Сутуги с самого начала процесса попыталась вернуть дело обратно в прокуратуру, заявив соответствующее ходатайство: некоторые материалы дела, по мнению адвоката Владимира Самохина, могли быть подделаны. (more…)
A court in Russia has sentenced eight protesters for rioting and attacking police at a demonstration against Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a third presidential term in 2012.
Seven of the “Bolotnaya” activists received prison terms of up to four years. An eighth, the only woman on trial, received a suspended sentence.
Outside the court in Moscow, police detained about 200 people who rallied in support of the defendants. (more…)
It is late, but I still want to congratulate all the comrades and friends with May Day and the Day of Liberation of the world from the Nazi threat in the memorable days of 1945. The symbolism of the holidays for me is still an important part of those ideas that I live for, although already the second year in a row I am unable to take part in their celebrations. But even in prison, they are life-affirming, as most of the people who surround me here could stand with me in the same column in freedom, shoulder to shoulder. (more…)
On January 19th, 39 activists were arrested in central Moscow, with anarchists among them. They were involved in a campaign protecting tenants from raiders. Next morning they were released, but two activists were then re-arrested and taken to the Khamovniki police station. They are detained for 48 hours with a criminal case under article 213 – hooliganism (5 year imprisonment) opened against them. The detainees’ surnames are Pogosov and Polozenko.
Halls of residence in central Moscow, inhabited by 10 families, is targeted by private eviction raiders. Legal means of eviction failed due to the families’ registration. Instead, the buildings’ status was changed from residential to industrial. This allowed the private security raiders to harass the tenants by other means. The raiders insist that the tenants have been provided with flats outside of Moscow, but those are still in possession of the “Moscow Silk” firm, which is threatening eviction.
On Janurary 14th, stoves and tables were removed from the kitchen. Audio and Video surveillance was set up, a security guard was stationed at the premises and a coded lock installed at the entrance.
On January the 15th the halls were stormed by security. They took a door away and broke through a wall of a room inhabited by a women and her 6-year old child. Activists and lawyers were barred from access. Only one activist to get inside. Talks with security broke down, and the tenants remained imprisoned in their own homes.
On January the 18th the water supply was cut.
On January the 19th 39 activists were arrested on Bolshoy Savvinkiy street. Prior to this, they had assembled at the halls’ entrance and attempted to break through to the tenants, which were still trapped inside. The Moscow Silk raiders is attempting to evict its former workers and their families with the help of hired security. The social and political activists, which included libertarian communists, left communists and anarchists, organised a 24-hour watch at the halls, but security erected grating at the entrance. On the 19th, activists were met with gas and steel girders, but nevertheless broke through into the halls.
Police was at first reluctant to intervene, and only removed some journalists from the stairwell used by activists to access the tenants. After that, the police negotiated with the Moscow Silk raiders to switch electricity in the halls back on.
Then, at 20:15, the police received an order to storm the premises. Everyone but tenants and journalists were arrested and taked to the Khamovniki police station. No cases were filed, but some activists were at times separated for “talks”. The next morning, everyone was released. However, as the day went on two activists (Pogosov and Polozenko) were re-arrested and were returned to the station, and have been accused with article 213, which may lead to a 5 year sentence.
This is not the only instance of tenants being raided for eviction and of anarchists and left communists coming to their aid.
We call for an end to bourgeois and police harassment! Freedom to the prisoners!
On December 14, 2012, Moscow’s Tagansky district court has extended arrest for three anti-fascists who were detained on suspicion of participation in a brawl at Moscow’s Vozdukh club in December 2011. Alexei Olesinov, Alexei Sutuga and Alen Volikov will be kept in pre-trial detention until March 2013, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported.
Olesinov was kept in pre-trial detention since February, Sutiga since April, and Volikov was detained in November. They reported pressure from Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interior Ministry officers, and threats made by operatives against their relatives.
Judge Marina Orlova did not accept defence lawyers’ arguments that Sutuga suffers from asthma, which cannot be treated at the pre-trial detention centre, and that he has an underage child dependent on him. The judge also refused to accept bail for Volikov, and that Olesinov’s health declined while in custody. (more…)