May Day open letter from an imprisoned Russian anarchist.
It is late, but I still want to congratulate all the comrades and friends with May Day and the Day of Liberation of the world from the Nazi threat in the memorable days of 1945. The symbolism of the holidays for me is still an important part of those ideas that I live for, although already the second year in a row I am unable to take part in their celebrations.
Kharchenko Igor Olegovich
FKU SIZO-2 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve
ul. Novoslobodskaya d. 45
127055 Moskva Russia
Igor was arrested in September 2011. He is accused of having
participated in a fight on the 4th of July 2010, during which the
audience of a punk hardcore concert dispersed a band of nationalists,
who had come in order to kill and maim concert guests. Igor, however,
did not take part in the fight - plenty of those present at the concert
In spring of 2012, anti-fascist movement of Russia has been targeted
with new repressions. An excuse for the repressions was an incident in
Moscow club "Vozdukh", where 17th of December, during a punk-hardcore
concert, a conflict between public and the security took place.
Security of the club consisted of supporters of the far right, and were
provoking guests. Due to conflict, concert was got halted prematurely,
but the security attempted to take some guests as hostages,
them punishment from their friends - nationalistic football hooligans.
Visitors of the concert resisted, the security opened fire with rubber
coated metal bullets, but soon guests of the concert gained upper hand
and the security was neutralised.
Alexey Olesinov was arrested 12th of February in Sankt-Petersburg.
Alexey Sutuga was arrested in evening of 17th of April in Moscow.
Currently, both of them are in a remand prison in Moscow.
Alexey Sutuga, anarchist, anti-fascist and the member of
"Autonomous Action" was arrested on Tuesday evening, April 17, in
Moscow. It happened during fundraising effort in
support of anti-fascists prisoners. It became aware almost after a day
after arrest that Alexey is now in the remand prison number two which
is also known as "Butyrka".
The police accuse him of the same charges as anti-fascist Alexey
Olesinov who has already been in custody for a month - complicity in
the incident at the Moscow club "Vozdukh", on 17 December, 2011, when
the Nazis working for the security attacked the guests of the concert
blamed anti-fascists in this assault.
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