Anarchists, Antifascists Attack Local Adminstration Building

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Jul 29 2010 05:33
Anarchists, Antifascists Attack Local Adminstration Building

Yesterday a group of activists who have been struggling against the destruction of the forest in Khimki (near Moscow), attacked the local adminstration building. The attack was carried out in response to repression which has included police collusion with neofascists who attacked the protestors last Friday. Then a group of neofascists attacked people who were camping in the forest. When the police arrived, they started to arrest the activists.

The local administration in Khimki is known for its violent terror tactics against anybody who struggles against their mafia practices and was behind the brutal attack of an outspoken journalist and activist in 2008.

A video of the action last night and more on the protest can be found here:

http://cia.bzzz.net/moscow_khimki_the_battle_with_the_adminstration_heats_up

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Jul 29 2010 19:28

Are those real guns they're using at the protest? eek

Fuck me, Russia is mental..

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Jul 29 2010 19:41

I was really surprised to see this on Euronews - a fairly mainstream news outlet. Commentary wasn't as terrible as you'd expect either.

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Jul 29 2010 19:53

Ed,

You don't live in Russia. At least 8 friends of mine were shot down and murdered, others shot, stabbed, severely beaten. I was almost shot myself. Having a gun in such an atmosphere is not as mental as you might think. Historically people have armed themselves and train in the face of repression and mass murder of comrades, which is what is happening now. What was done to Beketov can be done to our comrades and, unfortunately people are being murdered left and right.

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Jul 30 2010 12:53

In that situation its understandable to arm yourself for self defence. Although do you think attacking the local administration building is going to do much for your cause?

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Jul 30 2010 14:17
allybaba wrote:
In that situation its understandable to arm yourself for self defence. Although do you think attacking the local administration building is going to do much for your cause?

seems like a reasonable response to me. Basically they need to make making the road more expensive and dangerous than just building the road around the forest. Best of luck to them!

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Jul 30 2010 14:59
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allybaba wrote:
In that situation its understandable to arm yourself for self defence. Although do you think attacking the local administration building is going to do much for your cause?

seems like a reasonable response to me. Basically they need to make making the road more expensive and dangerous than just building the road around the forest. Best of luck to them!

Yes.

I don't see what choice they have really.

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Jul 30 2010 15:52

it would seem like there might be the possibility of attempting to build links with the road construction workers, as presumably it would be in their interests to build a longer road around the forest as well. But I'm sure that people on the ground there have more grasp on whether that is possible than me.

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Jul 30 2010 16:07
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allybaba wrote:
In that situation its understandable to arm yourself for self defence. Although do you think attacking the local administration building is going to do much for your cause?

seems like a reasonable response to me. Basically they need to make making the road more expensive and dangerous than just building the road around the forest. Best of luck to them!

The point I was trying to make was that firing handguns into a government building is pretty reckless. Imagine if a worker was killed. Not the type of news/tactics that will endear them to the local population. Anyway I also wish them the best of luck in their struggle. Sounds like the government or whoever are building the road are cutting costs/corners at the expense of the environment.

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Jul 30 2010 18:01
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Are those real guns they're using at the protest? eek

No they are not. They are so called "травмат", "travmat", or "травматический пистолет", I do not know proper translation for this word and I would be glad to have one if you have ideas. Sometimes I saw it translated "traumatic gun" but I do not know if that says anything to you English speakers.

Gun laws are very restrictive in Russia, and handguns, expecially pistols are very difficult to obtain for non-professionals, whereas it is not so difficult to get a permission for "travmat". There are different models, but usually they shot rubber-coated metal bullets. They are meant to be non-lethal self-defence means, but actually lethal outcome often happens if you hit head.

Also, owning an illegal gun is usually immediately a 2 year stint, whereas owning an illegal travmat is a misdemeanor. Plus there are plenty of possibilities to illegally modify a travmat, from increasing bullet velocity to remaking it to shoot real bullets.

Travmat is nowadays a popular weapon amongst Moscow anarchists and anti-fascists, but also amongst the opposite side. It is effective also when combined with other weapons, for example when anti-fascist Ilya Dzhaparidze was murdered in June of last year by first knocking him down with a travmat and then stabbing him multiple times. Nowadays few encounters between Moscow Nazis and antifa go without exchanging fire from travmats.

As for the action in Khimki, I do not think there was any real danger for workers from travmats, as their effective shooting range is not a long one.

In wikipedia only article in Russia, but you may see some photos there:
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Травматический_пистолет

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Jul 30 2010 18:28
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Are those real guns they're using at the protest? eek

As for the action in Khimki, I do not think there was any real danger for workers from travmats, as their effective shooting range is not a long one.

Ok sorry before I was under the impression they were proper guns perhaps 9mm pistols, so thats why I was particularly worried about the actions of your comrades. I think in english the travmat would be an air gun?

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Jul 30 2010 20:12

sounds more like a firearm that only fires rubber bullets, as opposed to an air gun.

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Jul 30 2010 23:08

(For working links, photos and video, go original version at  
https://avtonom.org/en/node/12872)  

On arrests after direct action in Khimki 28th of July

Today (30th of July) names of two activists, arrested in related to criminal
case on “hooliganism” after attack against city administration of city of
Khimki in Moscow region 28th of July were published in maintream news –
Aleksey Gaskarov and Maksim Solopov.  

We will not now remind about details of corruption and violations, connected
to construction of new Moscow – St. Petersburg highway through Khimki forest,
or the protest campaign against it, as you may read about all of this in our
website in respective section. Obviously, these arrests were just yet another
confirmation of the pathetic unity, which was recently reached between
regional and federal authorities, big business, local police and right-wing
football hooligans, which all together protected against eco-camp of those
protesting the clearing the forest from the highway.

Aleksey Gaskarov is a libertarian socialist, who during many years was one of
the most active people in the movement in Moscow region. Maksim Solopov is a
leftist, not an anarchists, but besides disagreements he proved him self to
be a trusted comrade in anti-fascist struggle. Aleksey and Maksim are one of
the few people in Russia, who publicly, with their own faces, supported most
determined means against Nazi mayhem and excesses of the authorities in the
country, take for example this program from REN-TV:

As a result, Nazis were threatening them plenty of times, and now
apperently “Center of Counteraction Against Extremism”  of the Moscow Region
decided to deliver them a blow.

We demand immediate release of Aleksey Gaskarov and Maksim Solopov, no matter
if they participated to action in Khimki 28th of July or not – those fighting
corruption and excesses of the authorities are not hooligans, but heroes!

 Free Aleksey Gaskarov and Maksim Solopov!

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Jul 31 2010 04:41

I'm blown away by the courage of the Russian Antifas! Good luck and thanks for keeping us up to date.

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Jul 31 2010 07:12

Solidarity to them from us as well! We will come soon to you and support directly. smile

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Jul 31 2010 14:22

We received an appeal for funds for the two with an account number - oddly enough, in Spanish but not in English. Will see if an English version is already done, but the account numbers are at the bottom here, if people are interested:

http://cia.bzzz.net/ilegalmente_detuvieron_a_nuestros_amigos_la_manana_del_29_de_julio_el_antifascista_de_moscu_alexei_gaskarov_fue_invitado_a_t

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Aug 1 2010 11:44

Statement of the Russian section of the IWA in relation to events in Khimki

We, militants of the Confederation of Revolutionary Anarcho-syndicalists (Section of the International Workers Association in Russia) are in full solidarity with the residents of Khimki and with environmental community, who protest against the barbaric destruction of the forest Khimki during the construction of railroad route. We consider for intolerable that the city authorities are using gang of neo-Nazi thugs to fight the defenders of the forest.

Recognizing the validity and fairness of civil resistance, we warn at the same time against any attempts to translate an just public outrage in the nationalist channel. In this regard, we are appalled that in the recent protests in front of Khimki Administration, some persons acting on behalf of the "anti-fascists" and "anarchists", chanted chauvinistic slogans in support of the "Russian" forest, unfurled banners, deliberately written in Church Slavonic fonts, and called the current power "occupational", like German Nazis in 1941. We are confident that our environment does not belong to any individual "people" or "ethnicity", but is the common heritage of mankind and the key to its survival. Calls to protect "Russian" forest from certain alien invaders (as implied, "non-Russian") only fueled the nationalist sentiments and are completely unacceptable in the mouths of people who consider themselves "anti-fascists" and, moreover, anarchists!

We are outraged by the attempts of people, borrowing nationalistic slogans, to use for self-promouting the name of Stanislav Markelov who was a convinced antinatsionalist. We remember that in the pages of the “Red Book of Antifa" Stanislaw called leftists to abandon patriotic phrases. Attempts to invoke his name in the course of action under nationalist slogans are not allowed.

DEATH TO NATIONALISM!

OUT THE NATIONALISTS FROM SOCIAL MOVEMENTS!

NO WAR BETWEEN PEOLES - NO PEACE BETWEEN CLASSES!

KRAS-IWA

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REPRESSIONS IN MOSCOW

In the morning on July 29, libertarian antifascist Alexey Gaskarov was arrested on the street by people in civilian clothes and taken to an unknown destination. As it turned out they were employees of the so called “Anti-Extremist Center" of police. They broke most of the rules, which are described in the Law. That night at his apartment was searched without a warrant or any other providing paper, there was no inventory of the property and witnesses.

Alexey is known in social amnd libertarian circles of Moscow and is opposed to violence and pogrom-style actions. He was never seen in the nationalist speeches. Therefore, it is clear that imposing on him the blame for the attack on the building of Khimki administration, during which slogans of national-patriotic nature were shot, the authorities try now to discredit the independent social movement.

Alexey is charged under "hooliganism". On July 31 the process began, and Alexey can obtain until 7 years of prison!

We encourage to disseminate this information and to protest.

Freedom for Alexey Gaskarov!

www.aitrus.info

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Aug 1 2010 18:13
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chanted chauvinistic slogans in support of the "Russian" forest, unfurled banners, deliberately written in Church Slavonic fonts

Look, I agree that it is most important to discuss if "save Russian forest" is a chauvinistic slogan, or if Church Slavonic fonts are politically correct from point of view of anarchist political theory, but this is perhaps not the most appropriate moment.

But thanks for sharing with us the position of the mighty international, I am sure it entertained many in this board.

BTW, anyone know where I may download anarcho-syndicalistically correct fonts, or ensure that my current fonts are not fascist?

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REPRESSIONS IN MOSCOW

In the morning on July 29, libertarian antifascist Alexey Gaskarov was arrested on the street by people in civilian clothes and taken to an unknown destination. As it turned out they were employees of the so called “Anti-Extremist Center" of police. They broke most of the rules, which are described in the Law. That night at his apartment was searched without a warrant or any other providing paper, there was no inventory of the property and witnesses.

Alexey is known in social amnd libertarian circles of Moscow and is opposed to violence and pogrom-style actions. He was never seen in the nationalist speeches. Therefore, it is clear that imposing on him the blame for the attack on the building of Khimki administration, during which slogans of national-patriotic nature were shot, the authorities try now to discredit the independent social movement.

Alexey is charged under "hooliganism". On July 31 the process began, and Alexey can obtain until 7 years of prison!

We encourage to disseminate this information and to protest.

Freedom for Alexey Gaskarov!

www.aitrus.info

процесс po angliskii znachit trial

'process' znachit 'delo' ili 'xod razvitiya' chego-to

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LIBERTARIAN ACTIVIST UNDER THE TRIAL NEAR MOSCOW

URGENT SOLIDARIT NEEDED!!!

Comraders,

On July 29, some people with different political views were arrested. They are suspected in involvement in an protest action in Khimky city near Moscow in previous day. Among them is well known libertarian activist and antifascist Alexey Gaskarov. They are charged without any proof in organization of attack against city administration building. The defendants face up to 7 years of prison on charges of “hooliganism” and organization of mass disorder. New arrests are going. It is obviously that the authorities try clearly to discredite and to crush oppositional movements in Russia.

We call libertarian and antifascist activists of whole world to show solidarity with arrested anarchist comrade.

What you can made?

1) To send protest faxes and e-mails to address:

Khimky city court of Moscow Oblast
141400, Khimky
ulica Leningradskaya, 16
fax: (495) 572-83-14
himki.mo@sudrf.ru

To: President of Khimki Court
Mrs. S.B. Galanova

MODEL OF PROTEST LETTER:

At present, Your court examines the case against social activist Alexey Gaskarov.

Alexey Gaskarov was arrested on July 29 on the street by officers of “Center E”: in this case, the basic rules of detention under the law "On Milice” were violated. At his apartment was searched in violation of established procedures, without a warrant, compiling an inventory of seized property, and without witnesses. Suspitions and accusations against him (organization of attack against building of city administration in Khimky on July 28, 2010) are entirely groundless, and that manifested itself at the first meeting of the court. Allegations that he was arrested at the scene in Khimky is a lie. The so-called witnesses clearly lie and confuse the readings.

Under these conditions, we can not estimate the arrest of Alexey Gaskarov and this trial another as a purely political process, as an outrageous act of repression and violation of civil rights. We strongly protest against this lawlessness and intend to organize a broad international campaign of protests against the new manifestations of authoritarianism and dictatorial tendencies in Russia.

We demand the immediate release of Alexey Gaskarov and relieve him of all charges.

Name of organization, date, signature

RUSSIAN TEXT:

В настоящее время Ваш суд рассматривает дело по обвинению социального активиста Алексея Гаскарова.

Алексей Гаскаров был задержан 29 июля 2010 г. на улице сотрудниками центра "Э"; при этом были нарушены основные правила задержания, предусмотренные законом "О милиции". На его квартире был проведен обыск с нарушением установленных процедур, без предъявления ордера, составления описи изымаемого имущества и без понятых. Подозрения и обвинения против него (организация нападения на здание администрацию г. Химки 28 июля 2010 г.) являются совершенно бездоказательными, что проявилось на первом же заседании суда. Утверждения, будто он был задержан на месте инцидента в Химках является ложью. Так называемые свидетели явно лгут и путаются в показаниях.

В этих условиях мы не можем оценить арест Алексея Гаскарова и суд над ним иначе как чисто политический процесс, как возмутительный акт репрессий и нарушения гражданских прав. Мы решительно протестуем против данного беззакония и намерены организовать широкую международную кампанию протестов против нового проявления властнического авторитаризма и диктаторских тенденций в России.

Мы требуем немедленно освободить Алексея Гаскарова и снять с него все обвинения.

It would better to send letter both in English and Russian. So we recommend to use this model

2) To collect money for arrested Alexey Gaskarow (for lawyer etc.)

Webmoney (with remark: for Alexey Gaskarov):

Z170280498291 — $
E318901103117 — Euro

3) To be prepared for organization when necessary of protest actions in front of Russian embassies and consulates.

Comrades, we ask yoy for solidarity. The present arrests can be beginning of large-scale wave of political repressions in Russia

KRAS-IWA

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Aug 2 2010 04:30

The question about slogans is a question about objectives of action and about it influence.

So, I propose don`t glorify this action and instead to help to anarchist comrade Gaskarov which is now in trial against him (in false relation with the case).

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S2W, I wouldn't be so sure if this position "entertained" anybody here. I find your continued tolerance of bad politics, mindless morons and nationalist overtones to be exceptionally disappointing.

My opinion of course is not any official opinion of any international so don't even try those types of comments. I am fairly sure though in a similar situation my comrades here would also comment critically about this situation. At least I observed one comrade watching the film who was quite annoyed and reacted to the same slogans.

Please take your platformist-inspired tolerance of nationalism and anti-syndicalism to ABC forums instead; I am sure THAT is a better audience for you.

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Aug 2 2010 07:01

Sihhi,

thank you, we tried to cotrrect it

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to help to anarchist comrade Gaskarov which is now in trial against him (in false relation with the case).

Declaration of innocence is usually a bad tactics unless you are completely sure about the defense strategy.

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S2W, I wouldn't be so sure if this position "entertained" anybody here. I find your continued tolerance of bad politics, mindless morons and nationalist overtones to be exceptionally disappointing.

This is bullshit and you know it. My position has been available here for almost a year:
http://www.avtonom.org/en/node/4161

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My opinion of course is not any official opinion of any international so don't even try those types of comments.

Position above is indeed official position of Russian section of IWA, signed with its initials so what is the problem?

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I am fairly sure though in a similar situation my comrades here would also comment critically about this situation.

I am not against critical discussion in any situation, but position Russian section of IWA declared is a sign of wrong priorities indeed, and belief that action in question was anti-semitic is delusional.

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No, I do not know that this is bullshit. Sorry. When we here in Poland encounter nationalist, antisemitic or sexist slogans at demos or meetings, we usually write some text explaining why we are against these. Sometimes such interventions are effective, sometimes not.

Personally, I was quite happy to read the statement of KRAS related to these slogans, which my comrade here pointed out to me after he watched some videos. I was not "entertained" by it, but RELIEVED that at least somebody has addressed this issue.

How then can one interpret your personal denegration of a perfectly reasonable statement about the use of nationalist slogans at this action? It is not the first time that I know of that you have reacted in such a way to anti-nationalist critics. Therefore, it is my sincere impression that, although you are clearly an anti-fascist, you a) have exhibited defacto tolerance by mocking anti-nationalist texts (and some other things which I wil not get into here) b) you have a different definition of nationalism than we do. (You should agree that we have come to this conclusion through conversations.)

I said that MY opinion is not the opinion of any international. The opinion of KRAS is the opinion of that section. I would sincerely HOPE that most IWA sections would similarly be inclined not to support nationalist slogans at political rallies. But your statement about the "position of the mighty international' is wrong; positions of sections are not positions of the whole, although clearly antinationalism is implicit in IWA politics.

I really am disgusted by the ever-present nationalist overtones in the Russian political scene and support those who speak out against them exactly when they occur and directly, which is preferable to calling yourself an antifascist but getting uptight and trying to downplay nationalist outbreaks as being "not priority".

da zdrastvuyet internatsional!

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Aug 2 2010 10:49

Also, to Libcom - certainly we understand that you may not all be too aware of the nuances of some topics, but it IS a big shame that we have to see a picture of a banner in Old Church Slavonic fonts on this portal. OCS fonts are quite clear references to the cult of Orthodox, pre-Soviet Russian traditional culture which is promoted by the most conservative elements. Yuck!

Maybe some people consider it "not the most important thing", but on a portal which is supposed to serve for critical discussion, I don't see why it shouldn't be mentioned.

smert popom

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No, I do not know that this is bullshit.

So it was not just bullshit but a deliberate lie, as you must have read my opinion piece I wrote last November - but you still write about "my continued tolerance..."

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b) you have a different definition of nationalism than we do.

Obviously yes, I do not think f.e. using church slavonic fonts "nationalistic". And I indeed consider this whole discussion misjudging about priorities and a distraction, there are more important topics than discussion about fonts and if slogan "Save Russian forests" is nationalist or not.

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Why do you say I must have read your opinion piece? smile I just look at the nice pictures of things burning over there. smile

I am not deliberately lying about anything. It is my opinion that discussions about the manifestations of nationalism are legitimate. Sorry, but I judge such a scene which is subculturally oriented and not inclined to reflect on such issues as prone to be tolerant of nationalistic manifestations. Here you are trying to legitimize a lack of reflection by saying it is "not a priority", which is ALWAYS what is said. It is so banal. I can compile a whole list of "non-priority" topics: sexism, homophobia, nationalism, prejudice of different types... If saying that a criticism of nationalist slogans is "misjudging about priorities" , then stop pretending that antinationalism is one of your priorities,

Certainly there are many important topics and there are plenty ready to dismiss discussions that are not to their liking or fit their world view. In my opinion, the question of fonts is rather clear here. From my direct interaction with you, I know that a lot of things related to nationalism are not considered such by you. Which is why I am not LYING when I give my opinion. This is my assessment simply.

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Why do you say I must have read your opinion piece?

You wrote I am giving continuous support to nationalists, so you should give substance on when was the last time according to you.

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Here you are trying to legitimize a lack of reflection by saying it is "not a priority", which is ALWAYS what is said.

Look, my priority right now is to figure out how to gather 1500 euros a month for legal costs, and not to clear ridiculous accusations your friend from Moscow is sending all around the world. If that makes me Nazi collabolator so be it.