Posts Tagged ‘ABC Belarus’
Friday, February 27th, 2015
On February 26 the criminal case of the political prisoner Mikalai Dzyadok was tried in Mahilyou prison. He was charged with violation of the rules of serving the sentence under Article 411 of the Criminal Code of Belarus.
Dzydok was charged with 16 violations of prison rules, such as wearing sportswear suit instead of prison uniform, sleeping after “Wakey” signal, not sleeping after lockdown, talking to prisoners from other cells.
The prosecutor asked the court to punish Mikalai Dzyadok by 1 year in a maximum security penal colony. It is a maximum term under this article. The defence noted that such cases are extremely rare and can never be started because of such minor violations. The lawyer asked the court to justify Mikalai. As a result, Judge Ihar Shvedau sentenced the political prisoner to one more year in prison. Besides, he is to serve four days out of his four-and-a-half-year term. (more…)
Show your ass to the authorities: Call for solidarity with Belarusian anarchists from 25th February to 1st March (Belarus)
Monday, February 9th, 2015
The forth presidential term of Alexander Lukashenko will expire in 2015. In 21 years Lukashenko has managed to suppress almost all social struggles in the country, kill several political opponents in the 90s, and eradicate nearly all of the official opposition. Lukashenko didn’t allow Belarusian society to transcend the limits of Soviet mentality. Any complaint or criticism of the government are met with repression from the police or the KGB. Any attempts of organizing face with prosecution and hysteria from the state. The policy of the government can be described simply as follows: “Everything that cannot be controlled must be destroyed”. At this moment Belarusian state is slowly but steadily getting to the extermination of any dissent or independent thinking.
With the elections planned for November this year the pressure on social movements is increasing. Authorities are afraid of the Ukrainian scenario occurring in Belarus and do everything to fight “extremists”: all the people who are calling for the change of the current regime. (more…)
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity
actions with people previously arrested at New Year Punk Party in Minsk.
One person was captured by the police at the prison gates, when people
came to meet their comrades, who were supposed to be released after 10
days of arrest they were sentenced to after the concert. (more…)
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
In the context of the recent acute increase in repression in Belarus,
the Anarchist Radio Berlin talked to Anarchist Black Cross Belarus about
their work, the situation in the neighbouring country of Ukraine and the
situation of refugees in Belarus. For security reasons we transcribed
the original interview and re-recorded it ourselves.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here:
The length is: 10:53 min.
Enjoy! And please feel free to share!
You’ll find other English language audios here:
ps.: Please note: We are always looking for people willing to lend us a
hand with transcript translations from Spanish or German into English as
well as people able to do voice recordings – in order to amplify our
international radio work. You can contact us at
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
On 3 July Dzmitry Rezanovich was fined with 15,000 Russian rubles and deportation from Russia. It is still unclear for how long it will be forbidden for Dzmitry to enter Russian territory.
The deportation date was not announced yet and some sources point that it is possible only after the fine is paid. The relatives already got papers to do so.
We would like to thank everyone who supported Dzmitry financially and morally.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
According to information received from ABC Belarus, Belarusian anarchist Ihar Alinevich is to be transferred to another prison colony because the colony he is in now is to be closed by the end of the summer. We don’t know to where and when he is transferred, but it makes sense to remove his address from all the lists until the new one is known. We await more information and will publish it when available.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
We continue to publish news about repressions against anarchists, antifascists and social activists and about the obstacles we face from the side of police state. In February, March and April issue you can read about Maidan ghost, letters from the prisons and senseless trials. If you recognize that we’ve missed anything or you are informed about other cases of repressions, let us know by writing to address abc-msk <> riseup.net.
For costs of all the listed cases, besides indicated internet purses, you may donate money via ABC-Moscow. Check:
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Donate for guidelines.
Arrest of the Belorussian activist
Dmitry Rezanovich was detained at the Russian-Ukrainian border with the passport to the name of his sibling in the middle of March. He didn’t have any papers that could prove his identity. After detaining the anarchist clarified that he went from Ukraine to Kursk region to visit his relatives.
He has been sentenced to administrative deportation out of the Russian Federation according to the violation of the regime of residence. We hope that there won’t be the initiation of criminal proceeding. Russian authorities claimed earlier he was suspected in participation in EuroMaidan and preparing a terrorist attack against the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant. Solidarity actions took place in Kyiv, Moscow and Lviv. (more…)
Tags: ABC Belarus, ABC Moscow, Alexandr Margolin, Alexey Gaskarov, Alexey Sutuga, Avtonom, Belarus, Dmitry Rezanovich, Elena Kokhtareva, Elizaveta Lisitsina, Iliya Romanov, Ilya Gushchin, Maidan, Repression, Russia, Ukraine
Posted in Prison Struggle
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Several hours left before the official start of the World Hockey Championship 2014 in Belarus. Event that was planned in 2009 during another political thaw between the West and Lukashenko was constantly criticized by human rights and political organizations for support of Lukashenko’s political regime. Many groups called national hockey teams to boycott the championship, however International Federation of Ice Hockey decided once again that sport is standing apart from politics and retained the right for hosting championship in Minsk. But it is impossible to keep sport business away from politics.
For Lukashenko this championship is a unique way to legitimize Belarusian political system on behalf of tournament participants. On the one hand, we see harsh critics of the regime from the West, on the other hand, Minsk today is full of national flags of teams participating in the show. In this atmosphere the political tensions seem to be gone and everyone is going to enjoy the truce. (more…)
Anarchistisches Radio Berlin: Interview with ABC Belarus on repression and other topics (Germany, Belarus)
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
We would like to present you an interview the Anarchist Radio Berlin (Anarchistisches Radio Berlin: aradio.blogsport.de) made with a member of the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) in Belarus about the anarchist prisoners in the country, the situation in Belarus and the neighbouring countries and the planned infotour through parts of Europe starting in April 2014.
This audio has been re-recorded with a different voice in order to protect the identity of the original speaker.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes)
The length is: 9:25 min.
Enjoy! And please feel free to share!
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Anarchist from Gomel – Dzmitry Rezanovich – was detained on March 13-14 by Russian security forces when he tried to cross the Russian-Ukrainian border. He is now at one of the Kursk pre-trial facilities, relatives are not allowed to visit him. It’s not yet clear what was the reason for detention. He had the passport of his brother, but it looks like the special services were not interested in this misdemeanor, they allegedly suspect him of a conspiracy to launch an attack on Kursk nuclear power plant as well as participation in Maidan protests.
We think this story is connected with the Russian hysteria about possible war with the Ukraine and expected diversive acts from Ukrainian side.
From ABC Belarus
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
In March two antifascists from Brest, Belarus were found guilty of attacking local neonazis.
Dzmitry Stsyashenka was accused of aggravated hooliganism for threatening to attack a neonazi with a knife last summer. He was sentenced to 4 years of custodial restraint.
Dzmitry Zvan’ko was accused of malicious bodily harm inflicted to a group of neonazis, who provoked antifascists on May 8, 2013. He was sentenced to 5 years of colony with reinforced regime. More on this story http://abc-belarus.org/?p=3156&lang=en
Both court sessions were closed because the complainants asked so.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
During the night of December 31 – January 1 we torched 2 vehicles used in development project in Southern Moscow. Security didn’t expect us to show up as they were busy drinking themselves into oblivion at the guardhouse. So we used 2 jelly cans of gasoline and some rags to destroy unguarded machinery. No harm came from our actions (only harm being made was that to the developer’s purse).
We dedicate this action to anarchists from Belarus, those who stay imprisoned. Guys, we remember you, we miss you and wait for you to become free again. We ask for ABC Belarus to help us in spreading this information and letting our imprisoned comrades know of our words and deed. We hope the news will help to lighten up the mood and keep you warm and smiling in the grey prison reality.
As for our ecodefence activism, we are not planning to make a U-turn. Unlike Mrs. Chirikova [self-proclaimed leader of mass protests during Khimki forest struggle - trans.] we are not looking for a comfortable chair in local administration. So we can afford to do what needs be done. We don’t accept moanings like: “Violence is bad, we shouldn’t be torching vehicles, we should get more signatures under petition, so as to be heard by federal government.” This reminds us of the fears of a person who’s afraid to loose the goodwill of powers-that-be. If we allow somebody to commit violence against ourselves, it means we’re raising the white flag. It is time to question the rationale behind continuous withdrawal under the blows of authorities. It is time to stop hiding your inability to act behind phrases like: “we shouldn’t act, this is violent tactics” or “this is too macho-ist” or “this is illegal”. If you want to ask for permission to protest, you must understand that you’re in fact selling yourselves. Only uncontrollable forms of resistance can hope to remain free. Any protest coordinated from under liberal umbrella organization is doomed to a failure. Gather your strengths, stay free and be wild, god damn it!
Tags: ABC Belarus, Arson, Belarus, Earth Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front (Russia), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, IRF/ELF-Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Posted in Direct Action
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The book is popular not only among Russian-speaking public. It was translated into Belarusian, Bosnian, Polish and English; the translation in German, French and Spanish is underway. Here are the links for download: (more…)
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Jauhen Vas’kovich spent 10 days in a punishment cell at the beginning of August. He regularly writes and calls his mother. The prisoner prefers not to have a lawyer, because he thinks it is pointless. The next date with relatives is planned on January.
Mikalai Dziadok celebrated his 25th birthday in prison on August 23. He claims to have received many cards and letters, as well as some stationary and empty envelopes, which he values the most. Generally, his health state is OK, however, he has lost another tooth. In the beginning of September he spent 10 days in punishment cell for wearing a sports suit inside his cell.
Artsiom Prakapenka was deprived of a long-term date with parents, with had been planned for December. He could explain the reason on the phone. He feels fine and doesn’t complain about the health. Before he worked in the night shift, now – in the first shift. He also wants to attend prison classes, but the prison administration didn’t let him do it by far. His monthly ‘expences sum’ has grown from 10 to 20 euro. End of November he will have a short-term date with relatives.
Ihar Alinevich turned 30 on September, 24.
On September, 3 Aliaksandr Frantskevich was set free after 3 years of imprisonment. He claimed that his convictions haven’t changed during this time and he will continue taking part in the anarchist movement. Next 6 months he will have preventive police supervision – he can’t visit mass events, leave the place of living without permission and stay out from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He will have to regularly check in with the police.
Source – abc-belarus.org
Friday, February 15th, 2013
325 recently received an email from London ABC who are part of organizing a tour for a member of the Belarus ABC about repression in that country. London ABC asked us to publicize their meeting in Freedom Bookshop, but instead we publish the details of the entire tour. We’ve previously reported repression and resistance news from Belarus. You can find the reports in our Belarus section.
1. London (first meeting): Friday 15th February 2013, 7pm. The Autonomy Club. Freedom Bookshop. Angel Alley. 84b Whitechapel High Street. London E1 7QX. Nearest Tube Aldgate East.
2. Brighton: Sunday 17th February. Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton. 6-8pm.
3. London (second meeting): Tuesday 19th February, 8pm. University of London SOAS, Room 116, Main Building, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.
4. Egham: Thursday 21st February. Royal Holloway University, Room & start time TBC.
5. Cardiff: Saturday 23rd February, 6pm Wells hotel, 77 Craddock St. CF11 6EW.
6. Leeds: Sunday 24rd February. Wharf Chambers, 23 Wharf St Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7EQ. Start time TBC.
7. Manchester: Tuesday 26th February, The Kings Arms, Salford. Time TBC.
8. Glasgow: Thursday, 28th February, Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow. 7.00pm.
9. Edinburgh (probable date, TBC): Saturday 2nd March.
10. Nottingham: Tuesday 5th March. 7.30pm. The Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX.
11. Oxford: Wednesday 6th March. Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34 Walton Street. 7.30pm.
12. Bristol: Thursday 7th of March 2013, 6.30pm. Kebele Community Co-operative, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol
For more information about the prisoners and the ABC in Belarus: http://abc-belarus.org