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(en) Russia, Anarchist From Krasnodar Sentenced by L. Akai - Will Appeal Against Fabricated Case

Date Tue, 05 Jul 2005 15:34:33 +0300

Alexei Cherepanov from Krasnodar was set up by police in an
ongoing history of state repression against anarchists in that
city. In August 2004, the court decided that there was no real
case against Alexei in light of mounting evidence that police
had conspired to frame him and violated procedural norms in his
case. But the state prosecutors brought him back to trial.
Now Alexei has been sentenced to 9 months in prison after a court
case where the judge even openly accused him of living off the
funds of "Jews and Masons". Journalists, who were important in
publishing sympathetic articles and exposing the problems with
the first trial against Alexei, were not allowed in the courtroom.

The case against Alexei, a drug case, was fabricated. The
authorities of the region of Krasnodar are very often
ultranationalist, anti-semites. The governor of the region,
Kondratenko was a member of the ultranationalist, fascistic
Russian National Unity and is known to go on anti-semitic
and pro-war rampages in his speeches. There has been a long
history of anarchist resistance to this ultranationalism
which the authorities aim to quash with all their power.
Alexei was a victim of these ultranationalists but had
managed to show his innocence and the conspiracy against
him by police during his first trial. However, the
authorities were not pleased at the outcome, so they
retried him in an apparently rigged, closed court.

Here is some old report on the case:
Also (for interest), photos made by pigs of a
solidarity demo in Moscow:

No doubt the comrades from Russia will be renewing
the campaign to free Alexei and we can send an update
soon. The contact to Black Cross is abc_ufa@mail.ru or


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