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(en) Russia, Network Against the G8 14-17th of July 2006 in St. Petersburg - English info bulletin #2

Date Mon, 12 Jun 2006 15:17:04 +0300


This bulletin is prepared by some members of Moscow group of Network Against
G8 (SPB8). It is result of common discussions in inter-regional meeting of
28th of May 2006 between St. Petersburg group of Network Against G8, St. Petersburg
League of Anarchists, Punk Revival, FrontAIDS, Indymedia, Indyvideo, Legal-team,
Medical group, AFA St. Petersburg and individual activists, but bulletin does not
necessarily reflect opinions of all members of the network. We will publish new
issues as soon as there is something to tell. Please distribute it widely!
Legal support
Legal team will be supported not by anarchists alone, but by efforts of
Youth Human Rights Movement (MPD) and ecological organization "Groza"
(Thunderstorm). A flat will be rented in St. Petersburg for legal group, and
there will be a contact telephone in time of the events. 6 activists have
already promised to volunteer, but a lawyer is also searched in order to
make access to arrested more easily. Booklets on legal and practical
information are prepared (you may read electronic English versions in SPB8
website). During June, there will be legal trainings for activists on legal
questions in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Network Against G8 info-point in St, Petersburg

There will be an info-point by Network Against G8 activists in Kirov
stadium, where Russian Social Forum will take place. Kirov stadium is
located in metro station "Krestovskiy Ostrov"; it is about 10 minutes by
feet through a park. It is easy to find, but we will publish a map in site
later on. In Kirov stadium, you should find a room, tent or stand with text
"NAG8". Stadium will be open for people from 12th to 16th of July. Whoever
wants to come more early, should contact organizers in time. We hope that we
will also manage to set up info-points that will work more early.

Accommodation during summit

There are a number of alternatives for accommodation during the summit.

1) Kirov stadium - if you want to stay there, bring your tents, mattresses
and sleeping bags. Russian Social Forum (RSF) has promised some tents, but
there is nothing we may say about their quantity and quality. Ascetics may
live without tents, as in Stadium there are corridors under tribunes, where
one is protected from a rain. Organizational committee of RSF has promised
to organize field kitchens for affordable food in Stadium, as well as a list
of cafes nearby. Stadium has electricity, toilets and showers.
2) St. Petersburg group of Network Against G8 has an alternative camping
site in city area with a limited amount of spaces. You should contact group
in case you are interested of this option.
3) You may also set up your own camp beyond city limits, as vast majority of
the forests have not been enclosed yet and thus are public land where you
have a right to stay with certain conditions. Locals may help you in setting
up such a camp in case Network Against G8 site is full or you have some
other reasons to have your own camp.
4) Local activists in St. Petersburg are prepared to help if you want to
book a hotel, hostel or rent a flat for a few days (latter option is often
cheaper than hotels for a bigger group of people). Cheapest places in hotels
cost 350-600 rubles (10-19 euros) for a night, many places demand that you
pay in prior. We may also provide a list of hotels, write to contact
addresses in end of this bulletin.

Media-space

It is quite likely, that inside Stadium there will be a media space,
accessible for everyone. But number of computers and access to internet and
even telephone are still a question. There are other media-center projects,
but these are unlikely to be open for everybody. Organizational committee of
Social Forum in St. Petersburg promises to provide information about cheap
internet cafes close to stadium and around the city, as well as other
alternatives for people who want to do media.

General demonstration in St. Petersburg

General demonstration of "opposition" is planned to take place 15th of July.
Route of demonstration is still under discussion (there are two
alternatives - long march of 8 kilometers and short march of 3 kilometers).
It will finish to a square next to cruiser Aurora. This is as close as it is
possible to legally approach the city center, which according to authorities
will be closed from demonstrations. To this demonstration, political parties
(Communist Party of Russian Federation KPRF, Russian Workers Communist
Party, Yabloko party) and "oppositional" political movements (such Union of
Coordinatory Councils and various Komsomol organizations) are expected to
take part. Committee of Russian Social Forum excluded participation of far
right organizations and National Bolshevik Party, but it is possible that
they may appear, as there are nationalists in St. Petersburg part of the
Russian Social Forum organization, and KPRF was lately open to cooperation
with far-right Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI). Anarchists are
splinted on question of participation to this demonstration; one proposition
is to organize an anarchist block which would strikingly differ from all the
rest.

Outreach

It has been proposed that stickers should be the major way of outreaching to
the public, as they are safer than putting up posters or painting with
stencils. However one poster is currently being printed and others are
currently being made. There are few alternatives for stickers. Besides
these, a special issue of journal "Avtonom" is currently being prepared, as
well as a booklet of guidelines for activists. Currently main site is
www.spb8.net. Site nog8.ru is currently not developed, but you may find half
of the Russian translation of the book "We are everywhere" there.

Street medics

Street medic group organized a number of meetings and trainings for
activists, and also prepared a text of guidelines for giving first aid. It
is planned that trainings will continue.

Libertarian forum in Moscow, 8th-12th of July

A preliminary program of libertarian forum is ready, currently we expect
some 70 activists from various regions of Russia to take part, 30-50 from
Moscow and few dozen foreigners. Both forum premises and accommodation will
be in Moscow region close to Moscow. Take sleeping bags and mattresses with
you. We may also book hotels, cheapest places are 600 rubles (24$) a night.
Food not Bombs has promised to feed the conference; we will also prepare a
list of affordable cafes. There will not be fixed price for participation,
we suggest that people will contribute to costs of the event according to
their capacities. Unless you have an agreement with organizers to pick you
up from somewhere, you should come to office of Movement for Human Rights
(Dvizhenie za Prava Cheloveka), located to Maliy Kislovskiy pereulok, dom
(house) 7, stroenie (building) 1, metro station Arbatskaya. A map to find
the location will be available later on. From here, you will be directed to
premises of the forum and accommodation. We will wait you here 7th and 8th
of July from noon to 8 PM. In case you are coming earlier, contact
organizers by e-mail or by phone. 12th of July we have planned a
press-conference of participators of the conference - main theme will be
critic against energy policies of G8 summit and renaissance of atomic
energy. We are discussing an alternative to travel collectively to St.
Petersburg with a rented bus. Contacts: moscow_protiv_g8@riseup.net.

Russian Social Forum in St. Petersburg 13th-15th of July

27th of May there was a meeting of organizational committee of RSF, which
witnessed a number of disagreements among the organizers on important
questions, such as on cooperation with parties and nationalists. St.
Petersburg part of the organizational committee includes several coalitions,
which include parties and nationalist activists, and many "leftists" may not
imagine their activities outside party coalition. Thus a compromise decision
was made, where forum will take place without political parties, and
demonstration in 15th of July - together with political parties. Nationalist
organizations will be excluded from forum and demonstration, but it is
possible that some of them will show up anyway as individuals. Forum will
include at least sections on housing, energy, health care and civil rights,
and one is free to propose additional themes. One may find more information
about Russian Social Forum from http://ikd.ru/Campaign/RSF

Calendar of events

8th - 12th of July
Libertarian Forum in Moscow

13-15th of July 2006
Russian Social Forum in St. Petersburg. It will take place in Kirov stadium
close to metro station "Krestovskiy Ostrov". In forum there will be an
alternative space.

14th of July 2006 - Global Day of Action

In many cities of the world there will be protests against neo-liberal
politics of the G8. Those who may not come to St. Petersburg, may organize
solidarity actions in their cities and villages.

15th - 17th of July
Summit of G8 in St. Petersburg

15th of July - International Day of Direct Action against Climate Change
and the G8
Rise up against G8 policies, target fossil fuel industries in your community
and bioregion!

15th of July
Common demonstration of left and opposition against politics of the G8 in
St. Petersburg. March will end to a square in front of cruiser Aurora.

16th of July - Global Day of Actions against nuclear power. 16th of July
1945 USA first tested nuclear bomb in Trinity testing site of New Mexico.
Reclaim the Commons - network calls to protest 16th of July against building
new nuclear reactors and against development of the nuclear energy.

www.spb8.net
g8-2006.plentyfact.net
ru.indymedia.org
indyvideo.ru
www.avtonom.org
www.nog8.ru
www.svitnetovar.info
shutthemdown.org
www.reclaimthecommons.net

Contacts:

St. Petersburg group of Network Against G8: nag8spb@mail.ru
Accommodation for anti-authoritarians in St. Petersburg: r-17@admiral.ru,
g0ren@mail.ru, kushiyaan@yandex.ru
Legal group: piter.legal@yahoo.com
Street medics: make_change@riseup.net
Moscow group of Network Against G8 and Libertarian Forum:
moscow_protiv_g8@riseup.net, +7-906-796-88-29
FrontAIDS: frontaids@yandex.ru
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