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(en) Russia, Moscow, action for anarchist political prisoner Aleksei Cherepanov - Time to sew your pockets!

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Date Sun, 30 May 2004 12:27:59 +0200 (CEST)


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Autonomous Action, Rainbow Keepers and their supporters
demonstrated 28th of May in headquarters of administration of
Gosnarkokontrol in Moscow (Maroseyka street 12), demanding
freedom for Aleksei Cherepanov, anarchist journalist who has
been illegally detained in Krasnodar since 12th of May, and was
released for 3 days only last week-end.
5.10 PM about 25 activists gathered around the building and
blocked the gate with a bike lock, hanging a placate
"Gosnarkokontrol is closed" over door plate. Demonstrators had
banners and placates "Free Aleksei Cherepanov",
"Gosnarkokartel", "FSB fitted up Cherepanov" and also a placate
demonstrating a sewed up pocket, to remind everyone about one
way how one may protect oneself from having drugs planted on
him.

All of the participators had plenty of fresh grass in their pockets -
this was seized and put to a big bag, which was thrown over the
gate of Gosnarkokontrol - for officers to make a criminal
expertise on it, or to smoke it (which would make them pretty ill),
or whatever. This way Gosnarkokartel was symbolically given
back the dope they are throwing around to people's pockets and
homes.

About five minutes later security, armed with submachineguns
attacked participators of the action (not shooting). Soon both
uniformed and plain clothes coppers appeared, organising a
counter-demonstration not loosing in vitality to the original one.
Placates were confiscated, 4 participators pulled over (two of the
could escape later on), rest of the crowd was pushed to other side
of the road.

7 persons were arrested, four of them were from press. Only
person brutalised was a photographer from "Solidarity"-paper of
pro-governement FNPR trade union. Moscow police has a
strategy of treating press covering non-legalised actions with a
hard hand, for example last December in a radical ecologist
action all press covering action got their equipment confiscated
and some journalists were also beaten up, back then police openly
announced that only actions allowed by governement should be
covered.

Most of the cameras got destroyed, photos in indymedia are about
only ones which are left. One digital videocamera was de-arrested
twice, two persons who hold it in their turn were less lucky and
ended up to the station.

Four arrested journalists were released the same evening, three
other persons were taken to court the next day but the session
was passed until next Tuesday. They face misdemeanor charges
of "participating to an illegal assembly" and "minor hooliganism"
which will be sanctioned with either fine or few days in jail. Minor
charges and passing the court date were a big humiliation for
Gosnarkokontrol, whose enraged officials kept calling to police
station of Basmannoe whole evening, demanding "any felony
charges you just may put on them".

Text of the leaflet distributed in action:

FSB FITTED UP CHEREPANOV?

GOSNARKOKONTROL PLANTS DRUGS. KRASNODAR
JOURNALIST ALEKSEI CHEREPANOV IS ON REMAND.

24th of May Krasnodar administration of Gosnarkokontrol
arrested Aleksei Cherepanov, journalist and anti-fascist who
came for an interrogation. He is accused with statue 228, chapter
one of Criminal codex of Russian Federation ("Illegal acquiring or
stocking of large amounts of drugs without an intetion to trade").
Interrogators of Gosnarkokontrol asked several times Aleksei and
his wife about anarchist press, which was found in their room
during a search. No Aleksei, nor his wife has ever used drugs,
and never stored drugs in their room. There is no doubt, that
planting of drugs and arrest for 9 days in prison for remand are
connected to political activities of Cherepanov.

Feature articles on Aleksei Cherepanov: russia.indymedia.org
www.avtonom.org

Phone numbers to call in Krasnodar:

Administration of Gosnarkokontrol of Russian Federation in
Krasnodar area: +7-8612-62-08-90 Prosecutor's office of central
administrative area of Krasnodar: +7-8612-68-41-44

Federal contacts of Gosnarkokontrol: info@gnk.gov.ru On-call
duty:

+7 095 921-02-35, +7 095 928-79-91 (24 h)

Reception: +7 095 921-43-09, fax: +7 095 928-02-08

Hotline (phone/fax): +7 095 921-43-91

Public relations: +7 095 206-90-61 fax: +7 095 921-28-22 E-mail:
pr@gnk.gov.ru

About Aleksei:

Aleksei Cherepanov, born 1979, finished journalist faculty of K.V.
Rossinsky institute of Krasnodar in January of 2004. He has
written for dailies and journals Chelovek truda (of Kuban official
trade unions), Otkrytiy mir, Nasha Kuban, MK na Kubany and
other regional papers. In some of his articles he was attacking
persecution of illegal immigrants in Krasnodar area. In 1998
Aleksei was chair of local section of Anti-fascist Youth Action
(AMD) in the city of Primorsko-Axtarsk of Krasnodar area, back
then he initiated a campaign against activities of fascist RNE
(Russian National Unity) party in his city. Since 1999 Aleksei has
participated to activities of anarchist movement, and currently he
is a member of Autonomous Action. He helped with publication
of journal Avtonom and participated to organisation of many
actions and campaigns.

Photographs:
http://russia.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=9174&group=webcast
Video:
http://russia.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=9191&group=webcast

Link: russia.indymedia.org
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posted by Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow on Saturday May 29


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