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(en) Russia, Moscow Anarchist Black Cross group formed

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Date Fri, 26 Sep 2003 10:16:03 +0200 (CEST)

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Hi, after discussions in meeting of Moscow anarchist
groups last June, it was decided to set up a group
of Anarchist Black Cross ( , )
Now after a summer break our introductionary text is ready.
We do not yet have any contact addresses, but they
will be set up anytime soon. Projects listed below are just
a sort of plan, there are just a few activists and I do not
know if we have chances to realize all of them.
>Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow
After heated years 1905-1907 thousands of anarchists and socialists were sent to labour
camps and exile, first groups of Anarchist Black Cross (until 1919 Anarchist Red Cross)
were founded 1906 to support them. Organisational became international the next year already,
when a group was set up in London. Although contact with anarchist political
prisoners of the Soviet Union was lost in 1930's, international organisation
has continued its activity in various forms ever since.

Russian anarchist movement newborn in 1980's faced immediately repressions,
and during the following 15 years various succesfull and unsuccesfull
campaigns against repression were organised. But during first years of the
21st century these initiatives disappeared completely from Moscow, and in
summer of 2003 it was decided to set up a Moscow group of , since still
no-one is protecting anarchists against repressions except anarchists

We support all anti-authoritarians, who are persecuted due to their
political activities or acts
which do not contradict anarchist ideals. And whenever possible, we support
also prisoners who became anti-authoritarians during their sentences,
so-called "social prisoners" who were forced to break laws for subsistence,
and prisoners who fight against the prison-industrial complex from inside,
since as anarchists we are against all prisons. We believe in direct action
for destruction of the capitalism and the state. We are not a human rights
organisation, since our goal is not defence of the laws but their
destruction. In some cases we may support prisoner for purely humanitarian

Most elementary form of help is writing to prisoners, since the main goal of
power is to isolate our comrades from the movement. We are publishing list
of addresses of the political prisoners, so that anyone could send letters
of support. We also have a support fund, which helps with legal costs and
supports prisoners materially, fund also finances litterature to prisoners,
such as journals Avtonom and Pryamoe Deystvie which we send for free to all
those prisoners in the former Soviet Union upon request, who are not enemies
of the anarchist movement. We are also connected to Black Cross groups all
around the world.

We are not only reacting against most outrageous acts against our freedom,
we also distribute information on alternatives of the prisons, cops and
electronic surveillance of the everyday life, since attack is the best
defence. We also try to prevent repression, this is why we distribute
information about behaviour in interrogations among the revolutionary

Moscow group of Anarchist Black Cross is a common project of anarchist
collectives in Moscow.
Yet we have two members - Moscow group of Autonomous Action, and
Inter-Professional Union of Labour (MPST, Moscow group of KRAS-AIT). We
invite anyone to support and to participate to our work - most elementary
form of support is to write to prisoners and to distribute our materials. It
would be even better if you could participate to our projects, or to set up
your own Black Cross group in your area - for that you need only thirst of
equality and solidarity.

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