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(en) [Russia] Repressions against the Narodnaya Samooborona Organization By ANA (pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:32:27 +0300
In what ways do Russian special services attempt through torture to create the "extremist
anarchist community with the aim of overthrowing the constitutional order." ---- In the
last six months, special services are trying to destroy the anarchist movement in Russia.
They are using much more cruel methods compared to the "classic" repressions against the
rioters in Russia. Kidnappings, torture, fabrication of criminal cases. Most notable is
the case of the " Network " organization , in the course of which the anarchists of Penza
and St Petersburg are exposed to monstrous pressures and tortures. Explored by official
media and accused of "terrorist community" for playing airsoft in the forests. Much
information is being circulated about this case.
But this case is far from the only one. Repression also hit the Crimean anarchists.
Alexander Kolchenko is a crimean anarchist kept imprisoned for several years. And the new
crackdown began in March 2018 with mass searches, arrests and torture for the crime
activists. The reason was the communication in social networks and the notification
received by the authorities on the holding of a meeting. Now one of the Crimean anarchists
- Alexey Shestakovich - was forced to leave the country. Other - Evgeny Karakashev - is in
a detention center.
In addition to attempting to create the idea of a "terrorist community" and cleaning up
the Crimean peninsula of the anarchists, special services are trying to forge a larger
criminal case in which they could include not only airsoft players but also any anarchist
activist . Now they are no longer trying to create the false image of "terrorists," but
rather "extremists." And the methods are the same. Anarchists from different cities suffer
torture for distributing readings on members of the "extremist anarchist community"
Narodnaja Samooborona (Popular Self-Defense). And it is possible to read in the mass
media about the brave security officials of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and
Center E who report on the detention of the "leader" and "members" of the Narodnaja
Narodnaja Samooborona is the most popular and fastest growing anarchist media platform in
recent years. It is published in it news about the events that are happening in the
country, the world and the anarchist movement, analytical and historical articles and
materials with an attempt at a critical rethinking of the anarchist theory. In addition,
many reports of the anarchist actions of Russia and Belarus are published on the platform.
These reports are not sent from a group or from a group network. Everyone can collaborate
by submitting reports on their actions and they will be published. By the way, Narodnaja
Samooborona interacts closely with the project Narodnaja Samooborona (Direct Action),
whose main objective is a fight against unscrupulous employers and scammers,
confrontations with bandits and apartment invaders.
A great growth of anarchist activity was noted last year. Anarchist campaigns were held
regularly from May 2017 to May 2018 - in solidarity with political prisoners of
anti-corruption protests, comrades arrested after the G20 protests in Gamburg, anarchist
political prisoners from different countries. There were also actions against loan firms,
against the Platon system, antifascist actions and memorandum events dedicated to murdered
antifascists, actions against the increase of tariffs and against the ruling party ... The
maximum activity was in February and March 2018 when they were organized campaigns against
the presidential elections and many actions to protest against the repression of the case
" Network". Actions of different formats were carried out in dozens of Russian cities.
Most notably were anarchist actions such as the unauthorized march through the street
Myasnitskaya against the terror of the FSB in Moscow and the action near the local
department of the FSB in Chelyabinsk, when a banner written "the FSB is the main
terrorist" was hung and smoke pyrotechnic was launched in the territory of the department.
Except for solidarity actions for repressed activists in the " Network " case , a small
attack by anarchists on the "United Russia" office (Russian party currently in power) had
a special resonance.
All these actions attracted the attention of the special services, which tried to unite
them as actions of Narodnaya Samooborona . Previously, Narodnaya Samooborona also
received special attention from the FSB and Center E, who made inroads into anarchist
events and intimidated activists who might be connected with this movement. Now the growth
of anarchist activity has drawn his attention by active actions against the "NS". In
addition, in March 2018, before the start of crackdowns against Moscow anarchists, Russian
President Vladimir Putin ordered the special services to detect and punish organizers of
In February, several Moscow anarchists were arrested as suspected of attacking the "United
Russia" office, and also Chelyabinsk anarchists were convicted of attacking the FSB
department. Chelyabinsk anarchists after prisoners were tortured in the FSB department.
Throughout the night they suffered electric shocks to confirm their participation in the
action. In addition, the FSB terrorists demanded that they say that the idea of the action
had been found in Narodnaya Samooborona . And one of the imprisoned comrades - Dmitry
Tsibukovsky - was designated by the FSB as leader of the Chelyabinsk branch of the
"extremist anarchist organization" Narodnaya Samooborona .
In March, repressions continued in Moscow. Center E and the SOBR (Russian Rapid Response
Force Service) searched and detained the homes of Moscow anarchists before the March 14
presidential election. One of them - Svyatoslav Rechkalov - was tortured in the SOBR
minivan. He was forced to confirm his participation and leadership in the "NS", organizing
actions and anarchist campaigns in the territory of all Russia. Agents of the Center And
stated that the reason for the tortures is the growing anarchist activity, "the anarchists
quickly began their actions everywhere."
Clearly the special services are preparing to open a major new criminal case against the
anarchists, they are trying to get through torture of the anarchists of different cities
the recognition that all current anarchist actions in Russia were organized and
coordinated by "NS." This is not true. The media resource of Narodnaya Samooborona is,
above all, a platform and every anarchist group can send content to it. It is obvious that
special services torture the arrested anarchists and require them to confirm that the
action was prepared and carried out by "NS" because they want to create an "extremist
The reasons of such interest to us are clear. Attempts to clean up the political sphere of
dissidents in Russia were made for several decades. Recently, special services paid close
attention to anarchists. And, of course, they could not miss the most popular anarchist
media platform - especially as the level of anarchist activity increased and the number of
published reports grew.
The attack on Narodnaja Samooborona is an attempt to destroy the anarchist
info-structure, disabling the most popular media platform that spreads information about
events from several separate groups.
It is also obvious that repressions are indicative of the effectiveness of anarchist
activities in Russia. Why do special services catch people who could be anarchists and try
to designate them as "activists" or "leaders" of Narodnaja Samooborona and Russian
This is because the state is afraid of the growth and activity of the anarchist movement.
Every effective activity, every upward movement goes against the repressions and pressures
of the State. We are calling to continue the actions of solidarity with the Russian
anarchists and to remember all the anarchists who have been repressed. Resisting
repression is possible only if we are all together, and the struggle must be fought
against the repressive state policy in its attitude towards all anarchists. So we are
calling for all cases of repression in Penza, St. Petersburg, the Crimea, Chelyabinsk and
Moscow to appear in their acts. All these repressions are the links of a chain for us.
But it is also very important not to focus only on this theme by doing actions of
solidarity with repressed anarchists. If this happens and we forget about other problems
in our society, the State will achieve its goals, divert our attention and stop the spread
of our ideas.
And of course no form of repression can suppress our desire for freedom and equity. We are
calling on the anarchists not to be afraid of anything and continue their struggle. If we
surrender and retreat now, we will achieve nothing and they will think it is easy to
repress us. And, of course, every time the anarchist movement grows, repressions will
grow. Only the dedication in our struggle and solidarity can help us get up at this
Translation> Gabriel Assis
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