Anarchist-bombers and the operation of the special services against anarchists – We are calling for solidarity (Russia)

The special services in Russia are preparing to destroy the anarchist movement. The pretext is the bomb attacks of the young anarchists.

17 years old anarchist Mikhail Zhlobitsky blew himself up in the building of FSB of Arkhangelsk city in the morning of the 31st of October. Before the explosion he posted messages in the ‘Vkontakte’ social network and in ‘Rechi buntovshchika (‘Speeches of the Rebel’)’ chat in Telegram messenger (t.me/rebeltalk). In these messages several minutes before the explosion he warned about the action in preparation, and named the reasons –  propaganda by action and revenge for the torture and repressions by FSB against the anarchists.

Michael’s 14 year old supposed comrade was arrested by special services in Moscow on the 2nd of November. Special services accuse Kirill Kuzminkin in preparing a bomb attack on a neo-nazi march. Kirill denies the accusation. Cops claim that components for the production of explosives have been found in Kirill’s house. Kirill’s father claims that these are components for the production of firecrackers, and special services are trying to present the teenager as a terrorist.

At the same time the police and special services countrywide interrogate anarchists, socialists, anti-fascists, and even libertarians. Subscribers of “Narodnaya Samooborona (People’s Self-Defense)”, the largest Russian anarchist resource, and “Rechi buntovshchika (‘Speeches of the Rebel’)”, the anarchist chat in the Telegram, where Mikhail Zhlobitsky’s message about the upcoming attack on the FSB was posted, are being massively verified. For example, in Krasnodar, about a hundred people were summoned to talk with the police. They were asked about their attitude towards anarchism, “Narodnaya Samooborona” and the action of Zhlobitsky. It is reported that the police and special services intend to check all the subscribers of the “Narodnaya Samooborona” group in social networks – these are 26 thousands of people.

As a result of the operation of the security forces, new criminal cases against anarchists have already appeared. On the 4th of November, a local anarchist Vyacheslav Lukichev was detained in Kaliningrad, he is known in the anarchist environment by his animal protection and anti-fascist activities. Vyacheslav is accused of publicly justifying terrorism for having published on the “Prometheus” anarchist Telegram-channel (t.me/class_war) Mikhail Zhlobitsky’s pre-death message. Despite the fact that this message was published by lots of mass media of the country, Vyacheslav is now facing up to seven years in prison. It is obvious that such a selective “justice” is connected with the anarchist views of Vyacheslav and the hatred of the special services to the anarchists and “Prometheus”. FSB tried to accuse Vyacheslav’s girlfriend of this crime, after that he took the blame on himself for saving her. We have all the reasons for concerns that these detentions are only the beginning of a new big wave of repressions against Russian anarchists.

Apparently, FSB is going to use the situation for repressions against the anarchist movement and the “Narodnaya Samooborona”, which is the largest anarchist movement in Russia today. It promotes anarchism in social networks, creating the country’s largest anarchist media resources, and also fights against gangsters and unscrupulous employers. Over the last two years, “Narodnaya Samooborona” organized a series of campaigns, and dozens of Russian cities joined them. After the campaign about the “Network” case, organized by the “Narodnaya Samooborona” in February and March of this year, the special services began repressions against the movement. In February, several anarchists were detained in Chelyabinsk, suspected of hanging the “FSB is the main terrorist” banner. Anarchists were detained by FSB special forces, after that they were subjected to torture, during which they were required to confess holding the action. The FSB also tried to proclaim them as the local cell of the “Narodnaya Samooborona” in order to present the movement as an extremist organization, which, according to Russian laws, would allow creating a new large criminal case against the anarchists.

In addition, the repression took place in Moscow on the eve of the presidential election. In February, several anarchists were arrested and incriminated in targeting the office of the ruling party “Edinaya Rossiya”. In March, on the eve of the elections, special forces and political police conducted an operation against anarchists in Moscow, conducting a series of searches in the homes of anarchists. One of the anarchists, Svyatoslav Rechkalov, suspected by the police of administering the anarchist media Narodnaya Samooborona, was tortured by electroshock. In the course of the torture, he was demanded to recognize himself as the “leader of the anarchists”, the organizer of the “Narodnaya Samooborona” and all the anarchist campaigns carried out recently in the country. During the torture in the department of the political police, he was directly told that the reason for the repression against anarchists were their increased activity and their actions in Russian cities

These are far from the only examples of repression against anarchists this year. Earlier, the FSB fabricated a criminal action in Penza and St. Petersburg, torturing local anarchists and accusing them of creating a terrorist community, the “Network”. In February-March of this year, a raid on local anarchists took place in Crimea. Activists also were tortured during raids. One of them, Evgeny Karakashev, is still in jail on indictment of terrorism. Another Crimean anarchist, Alexander Kolchenko, got ten years in jail for one criminal action with director Oleg Sentsov.

In addition, the other day a new criminal action was incriminated for the veteran of the anarchist movement Ilya Romanov. Romanov began his anarchists activity in the times of USSR, and has served several prison terms. Now he is in jail in another term for a terrorism criminal action for a firecracker explosion, fabricated by the FSB. Romanov criticized the rules of the colony in which he is, for that a new criminal action was fabricated against him. The administration of the colony created an account on Facebook with his name, and published on it a video with a call to join ISIS. That was enough for Ilya Romanov to receive a new term in prison. Initiation of a criminal action is also reported in Chelyabinsk against five anarchists for graffiti against pension reform.

In Irkutsk, trials over the anarchist Dmitry Litvin are continuing, he is accused on the article “insulting the feelings of believers” for publishing a photo, showing the middle finger up on the background of the church, in social network. Raids on the anarchists were held in Irkutsk last year because of the posting this foto. Apartments of the anarchists were stormed by special forces.

Obviously,due to all these repressions and state terror, the younger generation of anarchists will be aware that there is no difference between armed struggle and legal protest – in any case, you will be called a terrorist and tortured.

It makes young anarchists take up bombs. Unfortunately, the Russian anarchist movement is extremely fragmented and full of conflict, and does not support each other during the repression. Many anarchist movements have already hurried to condemn the young bombers and disown them, saying that they have no relation to anarchism. Previously, repression against many anarchists in Russia were also ignored. Despite the rise in criminal actions and the persecution of anarchists, information about this is increasingly ignored due to personal fights and conjectural considerations.

We call for solidarity with all Russian anarchists subjected to repression – in Penza,St.Petersburg, Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Irkutsk and the Crimea. Russia is becoming  a terrorist dictatorship and this is already forcing young anarchists to take up the bombs.
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This entry was posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 12:47 pm and is filed under Social Control.