Overview of repressions against anarchists and antifascists in Belarus in 2018

At the beginning of the year everybody were shocked by “Network case” in Russia where anarchists were tortured and detained. According to the FSB, a chapter of the “Network” also operated in Belarus. The KGB hasn’t publicly reacted to this statement, however, we noticed increased efforts to recruit youth associated with the anarchist movement in different parts of Belarus.

Winter

At the beginning of February 2018, the KGB started investigating a regional educational organisation Critical Thinking. One of the volunteers was summoned to an informal chat via phone – previously he had been detained together with Russian anarchist Piotr Ryabov and sentenced to a fine for “public display of Nazi symbols”[1] and the confiscation of his hard drive. At the same time, his mother was called for an informal conversation. Several friends of this volunteer were picked up by the police, questioned and later released. The police was interested in the activity of Critical Thinking, as well as attempted to force people to sign cooperation papers[2].

On February 8, the anti-extremist police in Mogilev visited parents of an activist. They were asking about their child’s activity, her political interests and so on. The flat was searched with a warrant issued under a criminal case initiated in 2017, when red paint was spilt on Lenin’s statue in the city. The raid happened in one more flat of parents of another activist. This activist was considered a witness on the same criminal case [3].

Anarchists Kirill A. and Igor M. were sentenced to 3 years of limitation of freedom for burning down a billboard with police advertisement. A third person in the case is still on the run.

In February, the police was also visiting activists who were detained during protests against the law on social parasites in 2017. Officers were coming to registration addresses and asking questions about the current activity of people. Some were informed that the examination was performed under a criminal case started on March 15, 2017 [4].

On February 23, two policemen from Brest kidnapped a punk in Stolin, brought him to the forest and started pressing him to give information on local anarchists. At some point, they asked him for his last wish and pointed a gun to his back. Moments later they were offering the person money for information on local anarchists.

On February 26, a raid happened in Minsk in the flat of a social activist. According to the police, they were searching for weapons, explosives and other interdicted materials. Nothing of that was found in the flat, however, cops confiscated a laptop, a phone, hard drives, newspapers and leaflets. Apart from that, cops seized his father’s knife. The activist pointed out that several weeks before the raid police had been calling and inviting him to come for a conversation – he declined the invitation. He connected the raid with an attempt of the police to punish him for that. The interest of the police can be connected with his active stance on the developments in Ukraine.

Spring

On March 12, Svyatoslav Baranovich [5] was sentenced to 3 years for attacking police officers during 15 March protest against the parasite law. Baranovich was helping anarchists to escape the detentions and in a scuffle punched one of plain-cloth cops.

On March 26, activist Ilya S. was fined 200 euros for ignoring calls to come to the KGB for an informal conversation.

From March, information started appearing about anarchists getting banned from entering Russia. Those bans are given to the people arriving to the country through formalised borders where after the passport control they are told about the ban. The logic behind these actions is unclear. Among other things, it can be connected with the collaboration with the Belarusian secret police or the “Network case”.

An antifascist Y. who was planning to go to Moscow for work was detained in spring. He was accused of publishing a Nazi propaganda video and charged with incitement of ethnic hatred. The video was shared on his private page and was actually accompanied with a comment ridiculing Nazis. His house was raided and he spent several days in custody. He is awaiting trial.

On April 19, anarchist Fyodor B. was detained by the anti-extremist police on charges of distribution of pornography. However, the cops were not interested in the video on his social networks, but rather in his activity in the anarchist movement, his contacts and private life. Currently he is under travel restrictions.

On May 3 in Stolin, three anarchists and anti-authoritarian activists were raided and questioned by police. Cops were interested in anarchists and punks – who is organizing concerts, how people from Minsk are coming to the events and so on.

On May 6, Aleksandr K. was visited by the police who questioned him about the action that had happened one day earlier in Brest, when the M1 motorway had been blocked shortly in a protest against the construction of a battery factory. He refused to give any official testimonies and only gave information on his alibi for that day.

In the early morning of May 16, the police broke into a flat of Ilya M. conducted an inspection[6] of his place. They said that the raid was happening because of the blockade of M1 motorway. Computers, mobiles phones, flash drives and a photo camera were seized.

It is also known that police raided one flat in Baranovichi in connection with the same action. Apart from that, in Minsk anarchist Roman was raided as well.

Anarchist Vanya K. was raided on May 18 – cops were searching for extremist materials. Clothes with the inscriptions “Animal Liberation”, “Anti-Globalism Marvin School” and “Destroy Capitalism” were seized. Apart from that, they took hard drives, flash drives, phones and letters.

At the end of May in Brest, the police raided a flat of an activist because of some graffiti painted in another town. They checked his computer and clothes. They seized one book.

Summer

At the beginning of June, one of the antifascists fans of FC Viktoria was arrested. He is suspected of distribution of pornography on the internet. Similar cases against football fans were started in Gorodeya, Ivatsevichi, Gorki. There were several similar situations in Minsk. It seems to be a coordinated attack against active football fans.

On June 30, special task forces and anti-extremist police attacked an anarchists camp in the forest next to Krupki town. After shooting into the air all participants of the camp were forced to lay on the ground. Then activists one by one were forced on their knees to speak out their names on camera. All in all, the whole raid lasted more than 8 hours with activists spending most of the time laying on the wet ground under heavy rain. Police seized literature and called forest service. Two activists were charged with illegal removal of plants and distribution of extremist materials.

In July, at an anarchist conference “Pryamukhino Readings” in Russia police detained a Belarusian anarchist Artem M. He was charged with consumption of drugs (Artem refused to undergo a medical examination). He was also told to leave the territory of the Russian Federation within 5 days on the grounds that he “posed threat to national security”.

In July, anarchist Nikolay D. was detained next to his house. The same day the court ruled to fine him 100 euros for the propaganda of Nazi symbols. The case was connected with his anti-Nazi post on Facebook several years ago.

The same day the court sentenced Maria R. to a fine of 110 euros for a photo in a hat with “Class War” inscription that had been previously ruled to be extremist.

At the end of July, police started performing inspections of flats of those who had been detained in the forest previously. Relatives of some were questioned as well.

In August, the police came to Vanya K. to question him about the raid that happened earlier in May. The cops said that the charges were changed from distribution of extremist materials to a hate crime. Vanya refused to talk to the cops. The police told the parents of the activist that he might be connected with the anarchist group Wave Belarus and this was the main reason why repressions started.

On August 29, a presentation of the human rights initiative “Pravovoye Deystviye” that supports antifascists and anti-authoritarian activists was sabotaged – the owners of the place cancelled it at the last moment.

On August 30, the court ruled ACAB and СЛОН (Death to cops from knives) slogans on the clothes of football fan Aleksei S. to be extremist. Afterwards the police raided his flat claiming that they were searching for evidence of hate crimes.

Autumn

At the beginning of September, in Grodno group of people saw a fire in the woods. They called a fire brigade but on the following day they were held for 8 hours in a police station where cops were trying to charge them with the fire as one of the people in the group was an eco-anarchist. In the evening, all the people were released.

On October 12, cops raided the flat of Aleksandr K. from Brest. He was accused of putting a leaflet on one of the houses in the city. During the raid, the cops were not interested in leaflets, instead they seized a laptop, phones and other devices.

At the same time, the police raided the house of Dmitry L. seizing the hard drive from his computer.

On October 14, both were questioned at the police station. After that they were hold till the end of “pigeons feeding” action (weekly protest in Brest against the construction of the battery factory).

On November 2, in Grodno a musician Ales D. was fined 250 euros for reposting information in social networks from an anarchist group that was ruled to be extremist.

Two weeks later antifascist Vladislav S. was fined 150 euros for a similar act. Back then, Vladislav was serving a sentence in an open penal facility (where he is allowed to leave prison for work). The administrative case might have been an attempt of the police to start a new criminal case against him for breach of conditions.

In the same city on November 20, Aleksandr G. was fined 300 euros for propaganda of Nazi symbols and the distribution of extremist materials.[1]

And winter again

On December 2, six activists were detained for putting a funeral wreath to the statue of 19th century policeman.

In Brest, at the beginning of December antifascist Dmitry K. was sentenced to 2 years of freedom limitation (similar to a house arrest). He was accused of a fight in the bar, where a drunk man attacked Dmitry. Dmitry fought back, and 6 more people came to help the drunk. As a result, Dmitry and several other fighters suffered minor injuries. Both sides didn’t want to press charges, however, the police charged only Dmitry with the accident.

On December 11, an art-activist from a theatre laboratory Fortinbras was sentenced to 110-euro fine for an action “Deconstructing militia” that happened several days earlier. The action was held in support of the LGBT community.

Three days later Dmitry Poliyenko was fined with 400 euros for avoiding preventive conversations at the police station. One more court hearing was planned on December 19, however, activists didn’t go to it, so results of the hearing are still unknown.

On December 27, Nikolai D. was fined with 400 euros for the propaganda of Nazi ideology[1] (another post in Facebook).

We are also aware of several more cases for shares on social networks. Apart from that we got information of multiple raids and informal talks with antifascists. Information on those cases is not public.

The good news


On April 25, antifascist Thomas K. who was previously serving a sentence for a fight, got an improvement of serving conditions and was transferred to serve the rest of the sentence at home.

On October 24, Dmitry Poliyenko was released having served 2 years in prison for an attack on a road policeman during Critical Mass. During his time behind the bars he experienced multiple problems in prison caused by the prison administration.

Anarchist list of extremist materials was extended by 2 brochures, 3 leaflets, 1 sticker. 5 internet websites were blacklisted, including the website of Anarchist Black Cross Belarus. “Class War”, “Terror machine”, “ACAB” and “СЛОН” also ended up in the list of extremist materials. From now on, distribution and storage of these materials can be prosecuted as an infringement.

At the same time, cops from anti-extremist police are actively creating fake pages in social networks, where they are publishing materials on anarchists, including pictures and private information they got during illegal raids. One of the pages is created in name of an anarchist who was a suspect in an attack on the KGB building in 2017. On this page, the police is publishing profiles of different anarchists and antifascists with the description of their lives, interests and some information that can be considered provocative inside of the anarchist movement. And, of course, links to extremist materials from this fake pages are not investigated.


1: Currently, the police is using this article to prosecute antifascists and anarchists for some pictures of Nazis or antifascist symbols that include swastika (like crossed or broken swastika).

2: This cooperation papers make you an official informant of the police or KGB. In 2015, a scandal broke out because it turned out that a number of the right-wing opposition youth signed these papers, including top activists.

3: The police usually performs raids at activists’ places who are listed as witnesses to charge them directly after the raid.

4: On that day, over 30 anarchists and their supporters were detained after protest against the parasite law. During detention the police used pepper spray in public transport to get activists out of the enclosed space. Later on the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced initiating criminal proceedings for an attack on the police with pepper spray.

5: https://abc-belarus.org/?p=11506&lang=en

6: Under Belarusian administrative law, the police can inspect living places of citizens without any criminal case if they have enough reasons to believe that there is something suspicious going on. This became one of the favourite tactics for raids in the country as it doesn’t involve fabricating a case for raids.

July 25, 2018 – Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

USE THE HASHTAG: #J25antifa

««««««Global List of Antifascist Prisoners»»»»»»

Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who are currently imprisoned. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.

Please contact us: if you know an antifa prisoner who is missing form the list (include their details, and what languages they can read); if you can help translate the call; or if you are planning an event that, so that we can help publicize it: nycantifa@riseup.net.

EUROPE

Belarus
Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Roman Bogdan
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8,
IK-17, otryad 12
213004 Shklov
Mogilevskaya obl.
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6153&lang=en

Vadim Boyko

Vadim Boyko was arrested on March 22, 2016, on suspicion of participating in a fight that took place on June 29, 2014 between anti-fascist supporters of FC Partyzan and right-wing soccer hooligans from FC Torpedo. The arrests in 2014 were not followed up until 2016, when a special political department decided to start the case with a series of police raids on the antifascists who were alleged to have been involved. On March 10, 2017 Vadim Boyko was sentenced to 4 years of jail, and was re-arrested in July for transfer to a penal colony.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Boyko Vadim Sergeyevich
IK-17
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8
213004, Shklov, Mogilevskaya obl.
BELARUS

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=6874&lang=en

Vlad Lenko

Vlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). He was arrested on December 27, 2014, and accused of taking part in a fight against local neo-Nazis earlier in December. Vlad was charged with group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm, and in September 2015 was sentenced to 6 years in a penal colony.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Lenko Vlad Igorevich
211300 Vitebskaya obl.
Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6240&lang=en

Bulgaria
Jock Palfreeman

Jock Palfreeman is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a twenty-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather mysterious death of a neo-Nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock did not receive a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family. Jock wants donations for him sent to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association, which he is part of.

He can read English and Bulgarian.

Address:
Jock Palfreeman
Kazichene Prison
Kazichene 1532
Region Pancherevo
Sofia, BULGARIA

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

Poland
Patryk Cichoń

Patryk is a Polish antifascist recently deported from the UK to Poland to serve a 3-year sentence handed down to him 13 years ago. He was charged with allegedly beating up and robbing a few local fascists. Patryk is only allowed 2 visits per month and one 5-minute telephone conversation a week, and really enjoys receiving letters. There is no limit to the number of letters he can receive.

He can read Polish and English.

Address:
Patryk Cichoń
“Syn Józefa”
Zaklad Karny
Chmielow 662
Chmielow 39-442
Poland

https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/prisoners.html

Russia
Aleksandr Kolchenko

Aleksandr  Kolchenko was arrested in Crimea on May 17, 2014, along with several others, and accused by Russian authorities of participation in a “terrorist group” which planned explosions near the Eternal Fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol, as well as having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines. Aleksandr was also alleged to have carried out two arson attacks in April: against the headquarters of the Russian Unity-Party, and the Russian Community of Crimea. He was transferred to Moscow and kept in draconian conditions. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Russian authorities claimed that Aleksandr was a member of Right Sektor, a Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist organization, but he has no connection to the group—a fact confirmed by relatives and friends. Moreover, Aleksandr is an antifascist and anarchist who consistently opposed nationalistic movements in Crimea and faced constant fascist attacks for his activism. For example, after a film screening about murdered anti-fascist journalist Anastasiya Baburova, he was attacked by thirty Nazis with knives.

Address:
Kolchenko Aleksandru Aleksandrovichu, 1989
456612
Chelyabinskaya obl, Kopeisk,
ul.Kemerovskaya, 20,
IK-6, otryad 4
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

http://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Aleksandr_Kolchenko

Russian Torture Cases
There has been heavy repression of anarchists and antifascists by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). In October 2017, FSB officers arrested six antifascists who played airsoft in the woods. The FSB planted weapons and explosives in some of their vehicles, and tortured them in pre-trial detention–beating them, hanging them upside down, electrocuting them, and threatening them with even worse. This torture was used to force the arrestees to validate forged testimony professing that they are part of an alleged terrorist “network.” At the end of January 2018, two more antifascists were arrested in St. Petersburg. They were also beaten, tortured by means of electrical shock, and forced to agree that they too were members of this invented “network.”

As of now, seven anti-fascists are behind bars and another is under house arrest. All are facing up to a decade in prison. We encourage you to read more about the case in the links below. We have included addresses for those who have them listed.

Yuliy Boyarshinov

Boyarshinov Yuliy Nikolayevich , 1991
SIZO-6 Gorelovo
188508 Russia
Leningradskaya obl.
Lomonosovskiy rayon
MO Villozskoe selskoe poselenie
ulitsa Zarechnaya tupik 22
RUSSIA

Andrey Chernov

Chernov Andrei Sergeevich, 1989

SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza, ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Victor Filinkov

Filinkov Victor Sergeevich, 1994
SIZO-6 Gorelovo
188508 Russia
Leningradskaya obl.
Lomonosovskiy rayon
MO Villozskoe selskoe poselenie
ulitsa Zarechnaya tupik 22
RUSSIA

Vasiliy Kuksov

Kuksov Vasiliy Alekseevich, 1988
SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza, ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Dmitriy Pchelintsev

Pchelintsev Dmitry Dmitrievich, 1992

SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza
ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Arman Sagynbaev

Sagynbaev Arman Dauletovich 1992
SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza
ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Ilya Shakurskiy

Shakurskiy Ilya Alexandrovich, 1996

SIZO-1
440039 Russia
Penzenskaya obl.
Penza
ulitsa Karakozova 30
RUSSIA

Igor Shishkin

Shishkin Igor Dmitrievich, 1991
SIZO-3 FSIN
191123 Russia
Saint-Petersburg
Shpalernaya str. h.25
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

https://itsgoingdown.org/why-the-torture-cases-of-anarchists-in-russia-matters/
https://rupression.com/en/person/

Spain
Rodrigo Lanza

Rodrigo Lanza is an antifascist from Chile who is living in Zaragoza, Spain. In December of 2017, Rodrigo was out with friends at a bar when they were approached by a man who began insulting Rodrigo, calling him “sudaka” (a derogatory term for Latin Americans) and telling him to go back to his country. As Rodrigo attempted to leave the bar, Victor Lainez, a member of the fascist Falange group with many friends in the local fascist scene, pulled a knife. Rodrigo defended himself and in the ensuing fight, Lainez was killed.

Occurring during the movement for Catalan independence and the accompanying resurgence of hardcore Spanish nationalism, the press worked overtime to vilify Rodrigo as a ‘foreigner,’ squatter, and former political prisoner. They claimed that Lainez was attacked at random for wearing Spanish flag suspenders, and built a bogus narrative of an innocent Spanish citizen murdered simply for showing support for his country.

Rodrigo is currently in prison awaiting trial and faces a lengthy prison sentence as well as expulsion from Spain.

We are currently trying to determine if Rodrigo would like to receive letters.

https://itsgoingdown.org/spanish-media-side-fascist-former-political-prisoner-arrested-hate-crime/

Source

Russian antifascist injured after a nazi attack – support needed

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Hello, my name is Oleg Serebrennikov. I’m 32 years old and I’ve been anti-fascist and socialist over the last 15 years, so I am one of the few people who was at the origin of the anti-fascist movement in Izhevsk.

During all that time, the Nazis and the police have been preventing me from living a normal life; there were many attacks, threats and acts of intimidation from the neo-Nazis. Apart of that, the local police was trying to initiate criminal proceedings etc.

On 23 February 2004 after a protest against the war in Chechnya, some Nazis attacked me and almost killed, there were about 20-25 people, for me it ended up in quite a sad way – I was taken to hospital and diagnosed a brain contusion with hemorrhage, craniocerebral injury and a number of other problems. Unfortunately, I have not received any adequate treatment at an early stage of the illness, so, a few years later my health condition started deteriorating dramatically. Read More

Call for the Third Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, July 25, 2017

As the third annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners approaches, we find ourselves fighting the hydra of fascism and far-right ideology. While its many heads have distinct looks in different parts of the world, this beast spews the same venomous poison of nationalism and bigotry everywhere. It demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups who are fighting for liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men being attacked by fascist football hooligans. Whether acting as individuals or as part of larger organized demonstrations, this is the kind of bravery and solidarity which defines antifascist actions against the forces of hate. Since the day of solidarity last year, we have seen this spirit all over the world—in Indonesia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Poland, England, Greece, the United States, France, Syria, Australia, Japan and all points in between.

While antifascism is global, unfortunately so is state repression. In the U.S., hundreds of antifa have been arrested resisting both the Trump regime as well as Far Right street forces. In Belarus, the state continues to harshly repress the antifascist resistance. While many of these comrades are awaiting sentences, there are still many who languish in prison. We will not forget these comrades behind the prison walls!

We call on anti-fascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Consider having an event or dedicating an action to them. They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

USE THE HASHTAG: #J25antifa

The call is now available in German, Greek, and French.
Translations are forthcoming in Spanish, French, Finnish, Swedish, and other languages.
Contact us if you can translate it into another language!

 

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««««««Global List of Antifascist Prisoners»»»»»»

Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who have been sentenced. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.

Please contact us: if you know an antifa prisoner who is missing form the list (include their details, and what languages they can read); if you can help translate the call; or if you are planning an event that, so that we can help publicize it: nycantifa@riseup.net.

EUROPE

Belarus
Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:

213010 Shklov
p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12
Mogilevskaya obl.
Belarus

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6153&lang=en

Vlad Lenko

Vlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). He was arrested on December 27, 2014, and accused of taking part in a fight against local neo-Nazis earlier in December. Vlad was charged with group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm, and in September 2015 was sentenced to 6 years in a penal colony.

Supporters are trying to raise money to appeal the verdict, which they hope will reduce his sentence by half. They also need to collect 1000 Euro to pay damages ordered by the court.

Fundraising WebMoney:
$ Z418615316084
€ E146518161935

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Lenko Vlad Igorevich
211300 Vitebskaya obl.
Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3
BELARUS

http://abc-belarus.org/?p=6240&lang=en

Maxim Yahnieshka

Maxim Yahnieshka was arrested after a fight on April 1st, 2015, where he was hospitalized in a fight with right-wing hooligans. Cops were called by hospital staff, and Maxim refused to name his attackers to police. After obtaining surveillance camera footage, the police identified the right-wing hooligans and had them accuse Maxim of prior conflicts. On September 7, 2016 he was sentenced to 3 years of custodial restraint for malicious bodily harm, theft of a hat, property destruction, and threatening to kill right-wing hooligans. Appeals to a higher court in November left his sentence unchanged, and on December 12, 2016 he was transferred to an open-type penitentiary institution.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Address:
Maxim Yahnieshka
IUOT No. 7
225140, Pruzhanski r-n, d. Kuplino
BELARUS

https://abc-belarus.org/?p=7161&lang=en#more-716

Bulgaria
Jock Palfreeman

Jock Palfreeman is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a twenty-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather mysterious death of a neo-Nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock did not receive a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family.

Jock recently wrote that, “Although I do not want people to forget that I continue to stay incarcerated for defending a Roma man being brutally beaten by 15 neo-nazis, this July 25th 2017 I request that as many people as possible can organize solidarity funds for our prisoners’ union here, the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association (BPRA).” He also asks that people write  to government officials and request that they meet with BPRA representatives.

He can read English and Bulgarian.

Address:
Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Sofia 1309, BULGARIA

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

Russia
Aleksandr Kolchenko

Aleksandr  Kolchenko was arrested in Crimea on May 17, 2014, along with several others, and accused by Russian authorities of participation in a “terrorist group” which planned explosions near the Eternal Fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol, as well as having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines. Aleksandr is also alleged to have carried out two arson attacks in April: against the headquarters of the Russian Unity-Party, and the Russian Community of Crimea. He was transferred to Moscow and is being kept in draconian conditions. His lawyers are under a gag order, and have been refused elementary rights to defend him. He faces fifteen-to-twenty years in a labor camp.

Russian authorities claim that Aleksandr is a member of Right Sektor, a Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist organization, but he has no connection to the group—a fact confirmed by relatives and friends. Moreover, Aleksandr is an antifascist and anarchist who consistently opposed nationalistic movements in Crimea and faced constant fascist attacks for his activism. For example, after a film screening about murdered anti-fascist journalist Anastasiya Baburova, he was attacked by thirty Nazis with knives.

Since this case is highly political, Aleksandr’s legal costs are high, around 850 euro per month. The investigation has created a heavy financial strain on local ABC groups, and there is a call for financial support and information distribution. You can make donations via PayPal to abc-msk@riseup.net or using a bank account (write to the same e-mail address for details).

Address:
Kolchenko Aleksandru Aleksandrovichu, 1989 g.r.
456612
Chelyabinskaya obl, Kopeisk,
ul.Kemerovskaya, 20,
IK-6, otryad 4
RUSSIA

Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

http://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Aleksandr_Kolchenko

Sweden
Joel Almgren

Joel Almgren was sentenced to five years and six months for defending a local community-organized anti-racist demonstration in Stockholm against a brutal Nazi attack on December 15, 2013. The peaceful protest—against fascist assaults on local anti-racists and the dissemination of Nazi propaganda in area schools—was attacked with knives, sticks, and glass bottles by the most militant Nazi group in Sweden. Anti-fascists at the scene defended the demonstration from the attack and many were injured themselves.

Joel has over 4080 USD in fines, and his supporters are asking for help raising the money.

To donate from a non-swedish bank account:
IBAN: SE0680000832799438650120
Bic: SWEDSESS

He can read Swedish and English.

Address:
Joel Almgren
KVA Tidaholm
Skogsholmvägen
522 85 Tidaholm
SWEDEN

http://www.fanggruppen.com/write-to-prisoners-1/
https://www.facebook.com/freejoel

Antifascist from Belarus needs your support!

[French below]
Vadim Boyko is an antifascist supporter of FC Partyzan from Minsk. He was detained on March 22, 2016 together with other people on suspicion of participating in the attack on the right-wing hooligans that happened about two years ago. His trial is set for February 3, 2017 and we ask for financial support to pay the legal defense. The approximate cost of the legal aid for him is 5000 euros, part of which has already been covered by us.

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