Dear comrades all over the world! We appreciate your support and solidarity and are very proud of it. Spreading the information, collecting money for legal expenses and, most important of all, the solidarity and protest demonstrations that united hundreds of people in dozens of cities around the world on March 18 as well as on other days — all this is extremely important and helpful in our collective fight against state oppression.
On April 20, 2018, the Russian Investigative Committee officially declined to open a criminal case on the basis of a complaint filed by Viktor Filinkov, one of the young men accused in The Network case, who alleged he had been tortured by FSB officers. Moreover, these very same FSB officers are permitted to visit him in remand prison. OVD Info has published, below, the account Filinkov gave to his lawyer of how the secret service officers who tortured him now talk to him.
According to the FSB, the arrested belong to the underground anarchist organization “Network”, which consists of several autonomous groups. The aims of the Network are the rocking of the people during mass protests, attacks on the authorities during the presidential elections and the World Cup, the physical destruction of the heads of local administrations, leaders of “United Russia” party and the chiefs of subdivisions of the internal affairs agencies, and the overthrow of the constitutional order.
Over a year ago our website and group in vk.com (the most popular social media site in post-USSR countries) were blocked by decision of court, considering information on the website to be extremist. Several weeks ago new round of attack from Ministry of information came. The new group, created after the blocking, was blocked also. At that moment it had around 1450 subscribers.
This is a summary of resent support events in Finland for the repressed comrades in Russia.
On the 4th of February, Anarchist Black Cross Helsinki organized “Amazing Vegan Sunday Soli Lunch” at Lymy. The event was a success. In Tampere a support gig was held on March the 2nd. There were four bands playing and vegan food for sale. Varis Tampere that organized the event and TAL (Tampere Anarchist Union) were also selling t-shirts and books about anti-fascism. Also in Helsinki Varis organized a support gig on the 4th of March with two hardcore bands, raffle, tofu burgers and info about the situation in Russia. The income of these events have been delivered to Russia to be used for lawyers’ salaries and other support for the repressed anti-fascists and anarchists in St.Petersburg, Penza, Tšeljabinsk and other locations in Russia.
On February 1st, 2018, Evgeny Karakashev was detained by police officers in Yevpatoriya. Journalist Alyona Savchuk wrote in Facebook that on the day of his arrest, Karakashev was searched. “They took him tough: some men in civil broke into, did not introduce themselves, immediately laid him on the floor, grabbed, handcuffed him behind his back. Evgeny says that he stayed in handcuffs until the temporary detention facility. On his right forehead is a huge abrasion. Only in the evening Karakashev could call a friend and ask to find a lawyer”, – says Savchuk. – “The investigator Abushayev said that he does not remember how lon Karakashev had been handcuffed – 5 minutes or 3 hours, and that Karakashev voluntarily agreed on «offer» to go to police department”.
Since October 2017 and until today, Russian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on an anarchist movement. Arrests and searches took place in Moscow, Saint-Petersurg, Penza, occupied Sevastopol and Evpatoria. By now more then 10 people are behind bars. Most of them evidenced about torturing. Read more here: