Russia: activist refuses guilty plea in court, describes police torture

CONTENT WARNING: descriptions of police brutality and torture. After admitting his guilt to the police during the investigation, Arman Sagynbaev, one of the people arrested in Russia in relation to the “Penza case“,  refused to plead guilty in court and explained that he was forced to his initial confession under torture. In a statement released by

Russia: jailed Ukranian filmmaker enters 100th day of hunger strike

Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and critic of the Kremlin government who is incarnated in Russia, entered 100th day of hunger strike yesterday. Sentsov, a Crimean native, has been on hunger strike since May, demanding that Russian government releases all political prisoners. He was arrested and charged in May 2014 with heading a terrorist group that

Russia: protest against prison torture

St Petersburg: about 400 people took part in the rally against torture of prisoners in Russia: an impressive turn out for a country where brutal political repression is a norm. The event was organized by the St. Petersburg solidarity group with anarchists and anti-fascists arrested and tortured by the Russian state. The main banner of

Mayday solidarity appeal by Russian anarchists

This is the Mayday appeal for solidarity with Russian anarchists persecuted by the state. The case was reported at Freedom News here and here. 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,

Several tortured anarchists flee Russia

While international media and liberal politicians delight in the spectacle of the Russian presidential election, Russian and Belarusian anarchists and antifascist continue to struggle with massive repressions by the intelligence service, the police and the judiciary. There are several reports from activists who have fled Russia as a result of arrest and torture. Aleksei Shestakovich

Syria solidarity activists protest at London City Airport and Dublin Airport

Last Saturday protesters arrived at the CityJet desks at London City Airport and Dublin Airport to make a “civilian protection announcement” chanting “Sukhoi jets are killer jets” and do not fly killer jets, do not fly CityJet.” Dublin-based airline CityJet is Europe’s leading purchaser of passenger aircraft from Russian state company Sukhoi which also supplies

Review of repressions against anarchists in Russia

Moscow Anarchist Black Cross released the review of repression of anarchists by Russian state in 2017 and early 2018. During this period, the authorities continue to frame and persecute the Russian comrades. Anarchists are also a subject of repressions in prisons. Here is the extract of recently published list of repression in Russia. St. Petersburg

Russia: arrests and torture of anarchists and antifascists

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