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(en) Ukrainian special services help Lukashenko's regime crack down on anarchists in Belarus By ANA (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 4 Aug 2021 10:13:01 +0300

Ukraine's Special Services and the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs responded to the request of Belarusian security officials sent by Interpol and are trying to deport two Belarusian anarchists: Alexei Bolenkov (known as Max Belorus) and Artur Kondratovich. ---- Alexei Bolenkov came to Ukraine in 2013 to participate in the Euromaidan protests. Fearing persecution, he decided to stay in the country. Artur Kondratovich was an active participant in the actions against Decree No. 3 (also known as the decree "against social parasites", which introduced a tax on people without a full-time job) in Belarus in 2017. Due to the repression, he moved to Ukraine. In 2020, during the new wave of protests in the country following the elections, Bolenkov and Kondratovich participated in numerous actions in solidarity and assistance to newly arrived political refugees.

The Belarusian state tried to extradite Kondratovich from Ukraine in 2019 by sending the request to Interpol. Subsequently, the anarchist was arrested in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and there he spent five months in detention before the request was suspended as a result of his ongoing process for political exile. However, during his imprisonment, Artur Kondratovich's passport disappeared.

A new phase of the prosecution began in April 2021, when the police came up with search and seizure warrants for Kondratovich and Bolenkov, under the pretext of investigating criminal cases allegedly linked to attacks by anarchist groups on state institutions.

Immediately after the search, SBU (Ukrainian Special Services) officers entered Bolenkov's apartment, refused to show his ID and tried to take him to the nearest border, which is precisely the border with Belarus. Had the operation been successful, Bolenkov would have been threatened with immediate imprisonment in his home country, where he could face the same fate as another anarchist, Nikolai Dedok, who was tortured by Belarusian police. A solidarity action organized improvised by friends and lawyers managed to prevent his deportation.

According to the SBU, Bolenkov would be a threat to Ukraine's national security and should be forced out of the country within 24 hours. The lawyers decided to appeal this decision, but the judge agreed with the Special Service's narrative. In his opinion, the country's national security was threatened by Bolenkov's anarchist views; especially its participation in the action against the police, the organization of actions in solidarity with the Belarusian people, and the distribution of anarchist literature. To support its allegations, the SBU used far-right publications and information from the Belarusian security forces that named Bolenkov a suspect in a criminal case in Belarus.

Furthermore, in an attempt to frame him, security officials also broke into the home of a young couple, Sergei and Ira Ruban. The Rubans were close friends and fighting comrades of the two politically persecuted ones. Members of the SBU's Department of Homeland Security conducted the search without a warrant and seized cell phones, laptops, tablets and flash drives. After the invasion, both were called in for questioning when they were asked about their connections with Bolenkov. Afterwards, the investigator even called them for "informal conversations". Immediately after the interrogations, the couple were called to question the arson of police cars on July 27, 2020, as witnesses.

Bolenkov has now filed an appeal, but lawyers fear the case will be lost and the deportation process will be carried out for lack of public attention. Artur Kondratovich is also under threat - he may be denied political exile under pressure from the SBU.

From the 9th to the 18th of July, Ukrainian anarchists organized a solidarity campaign for Alexey, Arthur, Iran and Sergey. For more information and updates, follow:

* ABC Ukraine Facebook:facebook.com/blackcrossukraine

* ABC Ukraine Telegramchannel:t.me/abcukraine

* ABC Ukraine Instagram:instagram.com/abc_ukraine/

Source: https://freedomnews.org.uk/2021/07/12/ukrainian-special-services-assist-lukashenkas-regime-to-repress-belarusian-anarchists/

Translation > mari

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