Support Russian Antifascist political prisoners



Support Russian


Antifascist political


prisoners

Arrested, framed and tortured:

A wave of repression put eleven anti-fascists behind bars

on fabricated charges which carry sentences of up to twenty years each.




Support Russian


Antifascist



political


prisoners

148 % of € 2465

€ 3658.86 reached in total

Ended 2019-02-10



About us

We are a loosely associated group of activists centred in London, with the shared goal of organising solidarity action and fundraise for the release of the 11 antifascist political prisoners.

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About the case

The repression began in autumn 2017 when six anti-fascists were arrested in Penza and had weapons and explosives planted on them.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) tortured the anti-fascists in the pre-trial detention facility by electrocuting them, beating them and hanging them upside down.

While torturing them, security chiefs forced the activists to memorise the testimony the FSB wanted them to give: that they were part of a fictional terrorist group called ‘The Network’.

Two more anti-fascists were arrested in St. Petersburg at the end of January 2018 and were also beaten, electrocuted and forced to incriminate themselves by saying they were members of ‘The Network’.
A third person was accused in St. Petersburg and two more from Penza have also been arrested for supposed involvement in this make-believe organisation.

The FSB claims that the detainees planned to arrange explosions during the presidential elections and the World Cup to
“further destabilise the political situation in the country”.

After knowledge of the fabricated court cases and horrific torture became widespread, solidarity actions started to take place, but this led to more repression. Some Russian activists who took part were detained, electrocuted and had criminal proceedings started against them
– just for expressing solidarity.

This repression of anti-fascists comes at a time when the Russian state are working with gangs of far-right thugs to repress the whole of civil society.
One poignant example of this happened ten years ago, two Russian anti-fascists, journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, were murdered by fascists in broad daylight on 19 January.
Every year, Russian anarchists and anti-fascists gather to remember them.

Your support will help to raise funds for legal costs, organizing humanitarian support for the arrested and offering support to their relatives.

The resources gathered have so far been distributed according to the financial circumstances of the respective families and the needs of the arrested. Further financial support is being distributed according to the choices made by those arrested throughout the investigation.

148 % of € 2465

€ 3658.86 reached in total

Ended 2019-02-10

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