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(en) Russia, Krasnodar, New repressions against anarchists

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Date Sat, 15 May 2004 08:12:56 +0200 (CEST)

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Lyosha Cherepanov, one of the most active
militants of Autonomous Action of Krasnodar got
drugs planted on him on Wednesday. Lyosha does
not use drugs, not even grass which freely flourishes
in every other yard of Kuban. He is freed from army
for health reasons, but got a letter from draft commission
to come to "re-register" in Wednesday. In middle of the
road, he was arrested by police. He was allowed to
make few phonecalls, so he was able to inform
that he was planted drugs and sentenced to "9 days
of administrative arrest" for "a refusal to follow orders
of Gosnarkokontrol", which is a new ATF-analogue in

Whole thing seems not to have a slightest legal pretext,
Gosnarkokontrol is a new structure, which does not even
have any laws regulating its powers yet . Cops often frame random people
for drugs in order to have their quotas fulfilled in Russia, but
they do not do that in middle of the road, and they do not
send letters from call-up commission in order to get
victims. So this thing has a strong FSB flavour in it. Seems like they
decided to
finish off at once with the group of Autonomous Action in
Krasnodar, which already has severely suffered from repression,
Dimitri Ryabinin from the same group was sentenced for
half years after another framed-up case 4 months ago.

Lyosha has now a lawyer, but it is difficult to do something
during week-end. We will try to have police phone numbers
posted soon to make pressure, I think they are now just trying ice,
how far they may go, and if not given red light they will
make something more serious.

Also a bit more old news... Stanislav Markelov was assaulted
in Moscow metro 16th of April, beaten up, mugged and stolen
many documents, including lawyer's license. Markelov is not
an anarchist, but has been a friend and close to anarchist scene for more
a decade and given priceless legal help in many difficult situations.
Last year Markelov was a national celebrity when he was
for a short while working around gase of Yuri Budanov, a
Russian colonel accused of raping and murdering a teenage
Chechen girl. He was defending interests of the family of
murdered Elza Kungaevo for a short while before he got ousted from the
I did not wrote before about attack on Markelov since it was unclear
to me if it was connected to his professional activities, but
currently Stas seems to suspect that it might have been.
Such intimidation tactics are quite often used against
lawyers, journalists and human rights activists in Russia.

I would also like to use opportunity to correct some details
from the last Moscow ABC bulletin (#2), after people protested
them in a Russian list... at first, attempt to burn Armenian children
did not happened in Kolomna but in Kostroma. Also, circumstances
around death of a punk in Minsk are unclear, but many
believe that fascists were not involved. I was also informed that
punk killed by nazis in Yekaterinburg was member of National
Bolshevik Party.


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