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(en) Russia, ABC, A letter from Oleg Serebrennikov 14th of October 2004

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 22 Oct 2004 07:30:32 +0200 (CEST)

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After 6 months of investigation, 14 PM (local time, 11 AM GMT)
October local court of Izhevsk begins hearing of criminal case
1-515 against neo-nazis Yan Vladislavovich Krasnovskiy (born 1982),
Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Novikov (born 1987), Vladimir Andreyevich
Ivonin (born 1984) and Mihail Olegovich Gubanov (born 1986), on
part 2 of statue 213 and part 2 of statue 115 of Russian Criminal Codex.
These people are members of Izhevsk section of neo-nazi Freedom Party.
In 23rd of February 2004, an anti-war picket was
organised in the central square of Izhevsk in context of all-Russian
campaign against war in Chechnya.

Around 2 PM accused 4, together with 15-20 other persons assaulted Oleg
Serebrannikov and Aleksander Zimbovskiy, who were returning from the
anti-war picket. Shouting "Sieg Hail! and "White power!", they surrounded
us, beat us with iron bars and stabbed with knives. As a result of the
serious wounds in my head, I was taken to neuro-surgical section of the
MSCh number 7.

25th of February Aleksandr Zimbovskiy travelled home to Yekaterinburg,
I remained in hospital. Excited by absolutely impunity, leaders of
local nazis appeared in my section - they were Aleksandr Shneider (born 1966),
twice imprisoned for robbery, with his adjutant Yan Krasnovskiy.

They threated to kill me if I start a criminal case, and if I continue my
activities. This was not yet enough for nazis, and 3rd of march Vitaliy
Novikov appeared in hospital, repeating the threat. My traumas
were very serious, and eventually I had to spend 3 months
in various hospitals.

During this time, position of powers and police changed 180 degrees.
In the beginning, they were totally disinterested about the
attack, and did everything in order to cover it up. For example,
in session of State council of Udmurtian Republic, which took
place few days after the assault, prosecutor Sarnaev announced
to question of deputy V.B. Tihonov that the fight had not
any political motives whatsoever.

There was a clear impression, that powers and police are covering
activities of neonazis. Only when information about brutal assault
was distributed in main papers of Russia and reports of NTV
and REN-TV, and after a group was sent from Moscow police
to investigate activities of local police around our case, their politics
had changed. And even then, having got a slap to their wrists,
local police was much more interested about how we managed to organise
such a successful information campaign, than about searching nazi-skinheads
who had assaulted us.

In beginning of the April, case was passed to investigatory
chapter of Administration of fighting against organisational
crime in Udmurtia (UBOP). During these five months, various
investigations were conducted - interrogations, identifications, medical
expertises. Results of these investigations were modest, since
investigator was not too interested about the case. I even had
to fight information, such as names and addresses of the assaulters

This way, I managed to have a case against Novikov. Threats by
Shneider resulted no reaction whatsoever, investigators did not
even bothered to interrogate people who were staying in the
same section of the hospital and who heard those threats - although I
told investigators names of these people. But anyway, few of the
fascists were indeed sued and I hope that they receive according
to their acts. 25th of August investigation of the case was finished,
and the case was passed to prosecutor of Udmurtia.

In the end, I want to express huge gratitude to all comrades, who
helped me in the difficult moment - without your help, everything
would have been much more hard. Special thanks to people
from Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow and Yekaterinburg Movement
Against Violence.
Oleg Serebrennikov
Left-Radical Union of Youth "Attack"
antiwar [ A ] udm.ru

Translator note: Oleg is still paying big buck for the crap medics he
may afford, so any help in finances is welcome.
You may write to Moscow Anarchist Black Cross if you
want to help: spt2003 [A] email.com
From (en) Russia, Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow English Bulletin 2/2004

3.. Izhevsk anti-fascists still need help!

Oleg Serebrennikov was another one of the two anarchists brutally beaten
up by fascists 23rd of February in Izhevsk of Udmurtian Republic. His
crime - picketing against war in Chechnya in 60th anniversary of deportation
of Chechnyans and Ingushetians. Booted and beaten to head with a steel
weapon, he was happy to stay alive but is still suffering from serious
health consequences and has been hospitalized two times after the assault.
Further medical aid is only possible with money.

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