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(en) Russia, Some backround of Tyumen arrests

Date Sun, 01 Feb 2009 13:00:38 +0200

Coming Sunday there will be series of protest actions all around Russia. Economic crisis and drop
in oil prices has hit Russia hard, and authorities are very scared of similar riots that have taken
place in Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia.... according to Eho Moskvy radio station, 23 000
police officers and 4000 soldiers have been mobilized around the country to maintain order. There
will be also pro-government rallies organised by pro-Kremlin youth organisations.
In many cities, police has preventively arrested activists. For example in Nizhni Novgorod 10
Nazbols were detained 28th, and slapped 5 days of administrative arrest for trumped up charges of
"resisting police". ---- Anarchists have been harrassed in Novosibirsk and Irkutsk for example.
In Tyumen, police has also visited oppositioners and demanded from them a plea not to visit local
protest actions Saturday 31st.

There is a slight chance, that arrested anarchists will be released
after the weekend. Rustam is currently facing charge of "vandalism",
which basically does not allow a preventive arrest further than 48 hours
- however it would be little surprising if police broke these
regulations. According to current information, Kender is being charged
according to very fishy Russian anti-extremist laws, which carry prison
sentence of up to 5 years for "public calls to extremist actions". If
these charges are eventually pressed, it would be first time since
around 1986 when Russian authorities attempt to jail someone for his
anarchist ideas only. More information about charges will follow during
the weekend.

Local alternative news server of Tyumen, http://golosa.info is currently
down as they exceeded their traffic limit given by the provider due to
interest to the case. Meanwhile you may read updates in Russian from
this community:



Anarchists arrested in Tyumen released

They were released 2:45 PM Ural time, police announced that they will
face charges on statute 214.2 of Russian criminal codex (vandalism done
with a group of people), for spraying slogans to a military call-up
center, and that they are free upon court. Official charges have not yet
been pressed. Apparently this was just one in a series of arrests and
other measures to harass opposition upon protest actions planned in many
cities of Russia this weekend, Ekho Moskvy radio station announced that
23 000 police and 4000 soldiers have been mobilised around Russia to
"maintain order" during the weekend.

(source: http://avtonom.org/index.php?nid=2224)
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