Two people in St Petersburg and five in Penza (a city in western Russia) are under arrest, while many others have been connected to their cases as witnesses. The arrestees are charged with article 205.4 of the Russian Criminal Code: participation in a terrorist organisation.
On January 24, 23-year-old antifascist Viktor Filinkov had disappeared at Pulkovo Airport in Petersburg. The following day it transpired he had been remanded in police custody as the member of a terrorist network and had ‘confessed.’ Filinkov recounted that after he was detained he had been beaten and tortured with an electric cattle prod, presumably by FSB officers. Filinkov is currently in pre-trial detention for the next two months.
Signs of torture have been confirmed by the Filinkov’s lawyer and members of the Public Monitoring Commission (ONK:who have visited him in the pre-trial detention.
On 25th January, the FSB raided Igor Shishkin’s apartment. After the raid neither his lawyer, nor members of Public Monitoring Commission were able to find Igor for more than a day. On January 27th Igor was brought to court with clear signs of beating. He is currently in pre-trial detention for the next two months. Journalists were not allowed to attend the hearing and two of them were arrested for trying.
Several witnesses were also tortured: Ilya Kapustin was beaten up and tortured with electric shocks while police demanded he gives testimony that some of his acquantances are up to ‘something dangerous.’ Medical services later recorded numerous traces of stun gun usage.
In Penza, arrests began in October 2017. Local FSB officers have arrested six people, five of whom are currently in pre-trial detention. All of those arrested were brutally tortured.
Legal help is needed for prisoners and witnesses. It will cost at least 200 thousand rubles (around £2600) to pay for lawyers’ fees in the next months. If you want to support the arrested, please donate to ABC Moscow (PayPal: abc-msk(at)riseup.net), with reference ‘St. Petersburg and Penza’.
Sources: Avtonom and Anarchist Black Cross St. Petersburg
Photo: Viktor Filinkov