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Posts Tagged ‘“Network Case”’

Solidarity is fragile – thoughts on the “Network” case from ABC Dresden (Germany / Russia)

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

From ABC Dresden:

Around a month ago before the whole Europe was locked down by the national states, anarchist movement in different parts of the world was shaken by the news from Russia around “Network Case”. Liberal news portal “Meduza” published information that some of the defendants from Penza were involved in murder of two people while they were on the run. This information brought back the topic of how we organize our solidarity and what are the limits of our solidarity. Although we are not located in the region, we have a connection to our comrades in Russia. We organized many solidarity events for those prosecuted under “Network” case in the city of Dresden. For example, an evening at the end of December, where we encouraged people to write to Russian Anarchists and Antifascists in prison.

This text is not an attack on the solidarity campaign or the anarchist movement in Russia. We are writing it to proceed with further discussion – only that way we can learn and avoid repeating the same mistakes as before.

“Network” creation

We think most of the people who are going to read this text already know the history of the case. But we will repeat a short version of it so everybody is on the same page here. (more…)

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Soli-demo at Russian Embassy in Dublin for ‘Network Case’ (Ireland)

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Tiocfaidh ár lá – Our Day Will Come

On Saturday the 22nd of February there was a protest held outside the Russian embassy in Dublin, Ireland in solidarity with anarchists and anti-fascists being persecuted by the Russian state. On the 10th of February, as part of “The Network” show trials and ongoing repression since 2017, seven anarchists were convicted on fabricated lies created by the Federal Security Services (FSB) the successors and continuity of KGB. Dimitry Pchelintsev received 18 years, Ilya Shakursky 16 years, Arman Sagynbaev 6 years, Andrei Chernov 14 years, Vasily Kuksov 9 years, Mikhail Kulkov 10 years and Maxim Ivankin 13 years imprisonment. The main “evidence” used against the seven were:

1) “Confessions” that were tortured out of the accused. Torture, which includes beatings, sleep deprivation and what could only be described as sexual assault from electric shocks to bodily parts.

2) Materials planted in the homes of the accused. From the very start of the trial and throughout, the defence for the accused attempted to have the “confessions” thrown out of the trial as evidence. The court refused. Its clear the state had them guilty before they were even arrested!

At the Russian embassy in Dublin the police were there before our arrival. Throughout the protest embassy staff continuously came out to take pictures of us.

The repression and tactics used by the Russian state are nothing new. Throughout the world, states fabricate “evidence” to remove anyone deemed as a danger to the power of the state.

In Ireland this can be seen in recent years with the case of the Craigavon 2, who the British state blamed on killing a cop in Craigavon, Armagh. The only evidence the state used against the two was a statement made by an individual whose father came out publicly calling his son a liar and in the trial the same witness contradicted himself. The rest of the evidence was circumstantial. The British intelligence service even had a tracking device on the car of one of the accused on the night of the shooting, which the data on the device mysteriously went missing. The Craigavon Two are still in jail doing life.

Also in Ireland in the last few days a republican Paul McIntyre was arrested and charged with the murder of journalist Lyra Mckee who was shot dead in Derry during a riot that erupted after a series of police raids on homes. The police have publicly said they have no evidence linking Paul McIntyre to the killing other than picking up shell casings. This is yet another new case of repression by the British state against their political enemy.

We send our solidarity to our comrades in Russia as well as across the world and to all those fighting oppression and being persecuted.

YOUR TORTURE WILL NOT KILL OUR IDEAS!

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The Dark Side of the Network Case (Russia)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

+ RUPRESSION collective statement regarding the article “Four went in the forest and only two went out” (about “the investigation” of the connection between the “Network” case and the disappearance and death of two young people in Ryazan oblast).

+ Defendant in controversial terrorism case says murder allegations reported by ‘Meduza’ are ‘insane’

From Anarchy Today:

We have written about our attitude to the Network case and related contradictions before. Since then, nothing has changed for the better. Participants chose the role of typical victims of the regime, remaining indistinguishable from the rest of the same. This was more convenient for parents, human rights activists, and liberal circles shouting about the new 1937. The trial of the Penza group ended, and the defendants received huge sentences, from 6 to 18 years.

Worst of all, the public played along with the authorities. The FSB was trying to prove the crime of an anarchist conspiracy, while the public was passionately denying the very existence of an anarchist organization, not challenging its “criminality “. However, in this case, the very existence of the anarchist underground was of the greatest value, giving meaning to the cruel punishment that was taking place: at least someone dared to challenge this hated authority. Who knows, if the guys had taken an active position of the anarchist underground participants, the authorities might not have dared to popularize them with such huge terms. (more…)

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Russia – A Call for Solidarity Actions – February 22-29

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

RU/DE

We must not forget the anarchists and anti-fascists suffering repression in Russia! We are calling for people to take action of all forms to express support for these prisoners, to protest the prison system, and to spread information about the use of torture as an instrument of repression in Russia.

Why now? On 10th February, 630 kilometers from Moscow, the court in Penza passed sentence on seven people accused of organizing the so-called “anarchist terrorist community ‘Network’”. This entire case is based on confessions the defendants were forced to agree to via intense torture as well as weapons planted by police and an extremely tenuous accusation that they were “planning to plan terrorist actions to overthrow the government of Russia”. For a “crime” without victims involving no real action and no real plan, the sentences decreed by the court are shockingly high. Dmitry Pchelintsev and Ilya Shakursky, the supposed organizers of this fabricated “Network,” were sentenced to 18 years and 16 years in prison, respectively. The others have been sentenced as follows: Arman Sagynbaev 6 years, Andrei Chernov 14 years, Vasily Kuksov 9 years, Mikhail Kulkov 10 years, and Maxim Ivankin 13 years of imprisonment.

Scientists, journalists, human rights defenders, and other groups in Russia have protested and demanded that the sentence be repealed.

International solidarity is especially important at this moment because the “Network case” is not over. In St.-Petersburg, two more people, Viktor Filinkov and Julian Boyarshinov, await trial on related charges. The next court hearings are planned for February 25-28. This is why we ask that solidarity actions take place the last week of February.

Many other anarchists and anti-fascists in Russia are experiencing repression and torture, including Azat Miftahov, Ilia Romanov, Egor Lesnyh, Evgeny Karakashev and Kirill Kuzminkin. They also deserve our attention.

If you have a Russian consulate or embassy in your city, consider organizing an action in front of it!

Email action reports to rupression@protonmail.com or via Telegram to @RUPRESSION_bot or Rupression social networks.

We will inform the prisoners about any actions that take place.

For more information about the Network case, details of financial support and prisoners addresses: rupression.com

YOUR TORTURE WILL NOT KILL OUR IDEAS!

Russia – Un appello ad Azioni di Solidarietà – 22-29 febbraio

Non dimentichiamo le persone anarchiche e le antifasciste che subiscono la repressione in Russia!Chiediamo a tutt* di agire in qualsiasi modo per esprimere sostegno a questi prigionieri, per manifestare contro il sistema carcerario, e per
sensibilizzare sull’uso della tortura come strumento di repressione in Russia.

Perché ora? Perché il 10 febbraio, a 630 kilometri da Mosca, la corte di Penza ha giudicato sette persone accusate di organizzare la presunta «community anarchica terrorista di nome “Network” [NdT: Сеть, pronuncia “set’”]». L’intero caso è montato su confessioni estorte agli imputati sia con pesanti torture, sia su armi portate dalla polizia [NdT: come le molotov del G8 alla Diaz], e con l’accusa per niente fondata che stessero «pianificando azioni terroriste per sovvertire il governo della Russia». Per un “crimine” senza vittime che non implica né azioni e né piani reali, le sentenze decretate dalla corte sono drammaticamente alte. Dmitrij Pčelincev e Il’â Šakurskij, i supposti organizzatori di questo sedicente “Network”, sono stati condannati rispettivamente a 18 e 16 anni di prigione. Gli altri sono stati condannati ai seguenti anni in prigione: 6 anni a Arman Sagynbaev, 14 anni a Andrej Černov, 9 anni a Vasilij Kuksov, 10 anni a Mihail Kul’kov e 13 anni a Maksim Ivankin.

Scienziati, giornalisti, difensori dei diritti umani e altri gruppi in Russia protestano e richiedono che la sentenza sia revocata [NdT: “repealed” in originale inglese].

La solidarietà internazionale è particolrmente importante in questo momento perché il “caso Network” non è finito. Altre due persone a San Pietroburgo, Viktor Filinkov e Ûlian Boâršinov, attendono un processo per accuse simili. La prossima udienza è fissata per il 25-28 febbraio. È per questo che vi chiediamo di tenere azioni di solidarietà l’ultima settimana di febbraio.

Molti altri anarchici e antifascisti in Russia stanno subendo repressioni e torture, fra cui Azat Miftahov, Il’â Romanov, Egor Lesnyh, Evgenij Karakašev e Kirill Kuz’minkin. Meritano la nostra attenzione.

Se avete un consolato o un’ambasciata russa nella vostra città, valutate di organizzare un’azione lì davanti!
Mandate resoconti delle azioni a rupression@protonmail.com o via Telegram a @RUPRESSION_bot o ai canali social di Rupression.

Informeremo i prigionieri delle azioni che avranno luogo.

Per altre informazioni riguardo il caso Network, dettagli per il supporto finanziario e gli indirizzi dei prigionieri: rupression.com

LE VOSTRE TORTURE NON UCCIDERANNO LE NOSTRE IDEE!

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Defendants in Network Case Receive Up to 18 Years in Prison (Russia)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Note from the Russian Reader: This verdict doesn’t leave me at a loss for words. I’m just convinced there is no point in using them when everyone who could listen has made a point of tuning out people like me. If someone invited me to appear on their aptly named alternative radio program or their globe-spanning Qatar-based international TV network (as nearly happened in the past), I could talk for hours about the Network Case. But that’s not going to happen. Although if I were a betting man, I would wager that our tiresome planet’s obnoxious pillars of liberal truth—the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera, among others—will suddenly weigh in on the case after blithely ignoring it for two years, as will many if not all of the crypto-Putinist “Russia watchers” in our midst, eerily silent until now. Barring a sudden revolution, don’t imagine this is the last such case in Russia, a country that has worried so many people around the world for the last several years that they’re determined not to know anything particular about it except “Putin” and “troll factories.” And don’t imagine that a show trial just as juicy and unjust won’t be coming to a theater near you. Please don’t reprint, repost or otherwise reference this article without prefacing it with my remarks. I’d like to preempt “spontaneous” shows of “solidarity” by people who couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it would have made a difference. Despite the well-known saying, it IS a popularity contest, and seven innocent young men in Penza have lost it.

Bumaga
February 10, 2020

The Volga District Military Court, [sitting in Penza], has [convicted and] sentenced seven defendants in the Network Case.

Dmitry Pchelintsev was sentenced to 18 years in a maximum-security penal colony. Ilya Shakursky was sentenced to 16 years in a penal colony and fined 50,000 rubles. Investigators claimed they were organizers of a “terrorist community.” Both men alleged that FSB officers had electrocuted them in order to obtain confessions.

Maxim Ivankin was given 13 years in a maximum-security penal colony, while Andrei Chernov was sentenced to 14 years, and Mikhail Kulkov, to 10 years. They were found guilty of involvement in a “terrorist community” and attempting to sell drugs.

Vasily Kuksov was sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony. He was accused of involvement in a “terrorist community” and illegal possession of a weapon. Another defendant, Arman Sagynbayev, received 6 years in prison.

The verdict handed down by the court in Penza suggests that the acquittal of the Petersburg defendants in the case is less likely, Viktor Cherkasov, the lawyer for Viktor Filinkov, a defendant in the Network Case, told Bumaga.

“It sends a message,” said Cherkasov. “It is difficult to hope [for a positive outcome], but we are still determined to protect Filinkov’s interests.”

Cherkasov said that he planned in court to point to the faked evidence in the case. He also that he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if Filinkov were found guilty. The next hearing in the Network Case in Petersburg should take place between February 25 and February 28.

[In October 2017 and January 2018], antifascists and anarchists were detained in Penza and Petersburg. They were accused of organizing a “terrorist community,” allegedly called “the Network.” Its alleged purpose was to “sway the popular masses for further destabilization of the political situation” in Russia.

The defendants in the case said investigators had tortured them as a way of forcing them to confess and weapons had been planted on their persons and property to further implicate them. [Some of] the arrested men had played airsoft together: this, investigators, said was proof they were planning terrorist attacks.

Investigators claim that the Petersburg defendants in the case, Filinkov and Yuli Boyarshinkov, acted as the group’s sapper and signalman, respectively. Their trial is scheduled to resume in late February.

Translated by the Russian Reader

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Two ‘Network Case’ Defendants Married in Prison (Russia)

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Anastasia Pchelintseva and Anna Shalunkina after their weddings to Dmitry Pchelintsev and Maxim Ivankin. Photo courtesy of 7×7 and Novaya Gazeta

via The Russian Reader:

Two Defendants in Network Case Married in Prison
Novaya Gazeta
January 29, 2020

Dmitry Pchelintsev and Maxim Ivankin, two defendants in the Penza trial of the so-called Network (a terrorist organization banned in Russia)* have been married in remand prison, reports 7×7.

Registry Office workers registered Dmitry Pchelintsev’s marriage to his girlfriend, Anastasia Tymchuk, in the room on the premises of Penza Correctional Facility No. 4 where the defendants are currently held. Journalists, relatives, and friends of the couple were not allowed to attend the ceremony. Tymchuk reported that the groom made her a windcatcher as a wedding gift. (more…)

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Russia: Prosecutor Asks Court to Sentence Penza Network Case Defendants to Up to 18 Years in Prison

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

OVD Info
December 26, 2019

The state prosecutor has asked the Volga District Military Court to sentence the five defendants in the Penza portion of the Network Case to between six and eighteen years in prison, according to a member of the campaign to support the defendants who was present in the courtroom.

The prosecution asked the court to hand down the longest sentence to Dmitry Pchelintsev: 18 years in a maximum-security penal colony. It asked the court to sentence Ilya Shakursky to 16 years, Andrei Chernov to 14 years, Maxim Ivankin to 13 years, Mikhail Kulkov to 10, Vasily Kuksov to 9 years, and Arman Sagynbayev to 6 years. It asked that all the defendants except Kuksok and Sagynbayev be sent to maximum-security penal colonies.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendants’ accounts that they were tortured into testifying had not been corroborated.

All the defendants are accused of involvement in a “terrorist community,” punishable under Article 205.4.4 of the Russian Criminal Code. Pchelinsky and Shakursky are accused of organizing a “terrorist community,” punishable under Article 205.4. In addition, some of the defendants are accused of illegal possession of firearms (Article 222.1), illegal possession of explosives (Article 222.1.1), attempted arson or bombing with mischievous intent (Article 167.2 in combination with Article 30.3), and large-scale attempted drug trafficking (Article 228.1.4.g in combination with Article 30.3).

The criminal case against the Network “terrorist community” was launched in October 2017. According to the FSB, eleven young men in Penza and Petersburg organized the Network and were planning to overthrow the government. The defendants in the case claimed the FSB subjected them to psychological pressure, tortured them with electric shocks, beat them, and planted weapons on them. Some of the defendants recanted the confessions they made in the days following their arrests. OVD Info has reported on each of the defendants in the case in detail.

via The Russian Reader.

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Anarchist Black Cross Moscow is quitting support for Arman Sagynbaev (Russia)

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The Moscow Anarchist Black Cross group is supporting the declaration released by the Rupression-campaign about Arman Sagynbaev, prisoner of the so-called Network case, and will stop supporting him. Arman has been removed from the list of political prisoners, supported by the ABC Moscow. From now on, no donations transferred via Anarchist Black Cross Moscow for the Network case prisoners, or political prisoners in general, will be used to support Arman Sagynbaev or passed to his lawyers.

Declaration by the Rupression-campaign

Several women have spoken up with their stories of violence and abuse perpetrated by Arman Sagynbayev – we have no reason not to believe them. Arman has always had a questionable reputation. As an example, long before the arrests, Victor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin stopped their communication with him; some of the other defendants were barely familiar with him. Many of us didn’t know the details, because not all the stories, which are rather personal, were known more widely. We didn’t expect him to continue to be dangerous for women while in jail and that’s why we didn’t give enough attention to the details. Now we recognize and understand, that it was a mistake. (more…)

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Interview with Collective Anarchy Today (Russia)

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Collective Anarchy Today | a2day.net gave answers to the questions that we were asked by comrades from France. The interview was prepared for this event: https://foireanarchistemarseille.noblogs.org/

The interview in English is available here: https://a2day.net/anarchy-today/

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Radical Anarchists in the Belarus, Ukraine, Russia – 2018

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

We have prepared another video: Radical Anarchists in the BUR 2018 (Eng)

Video on Anarchy Today: https://a2day.net/radical-anarchists-in-the-bur-2018/

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