Belarus

Belarusian anarchist political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich released

He will be under police supervision for 6 months after the release.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich, who served his term in No. 22 Ivatsevichy correctional colony, was released early in the morning of 3rd September. His mother and activists from the opposition organisation met him outside the prison. He will go to Navapolatsk to register with the police.

Frantskevich was arrested in connection with the “anarchist case” on September 3, 2010.Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and him were tried in the Zavadski distirict court on May 27, 2011.

New short films on Belarusian anarchist political prisoners Ihar Alinevich and Mikalaj Dziadok, Mikalaj transferred to high-security prison

Two new short films with English subtitles dedicated to Belarusian anarchist political prisoners have been released as part of the Belarusian series "Chronicles of the times of courts", one is dedicated to Ihar Alinevich and the other to Mikalaj Dziadok.

Ihar was kidnapped in Moscow by plain-clothes Belarusian officials in Moscow 28th of November 2010 and several days later it was revealed that he was in remand prison of Belarusian KGB in Minsk.

Pavel Syramolatau is free

We’re glad to announce that after 620 days in prison Pavel Syramolatau
was released from prison by president pardon on September 27th. Pavel
was arrested on January 17th 2011 due to attack on KGB building in
Bobruisk, which was announced as solidarity action with anarchists
arrested in Minsk in September 2010.

In may 2011 after more than six
months of investigation he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Their
action were classified by court as destruction of private property.

Under pressure of colony administration he signed petition for pardon
this June.

Currently five more people supported by Anarchist Black Cross are in
prison: Artsiom Prakapenka, Jauhen Vas’kovich, Ihar Alinievich,

Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross - Belarus. Spring - Summer 2012.

Anarchist Black Cross - Belarus.  Spring - Summer 2012 bulletin cover.

The bulletin explains the background to the arrest at the end of 2010 and consequential imprisonment of Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Syramolatau, Aliaksandr Frantskievich and Jauhen Vas’kovich.

An update on the situation of Belarusian anarchist prisoners

*Mikalai Dziadok* (4,5 years) is finishing his 3rd month in a solitary
cell after having refused to work on Saturdays. Work is obligatory in
Belarusian penal colonies, but is regulated by the Labour Code, which
prescribes that a person shouldn't work more than 40 hours a week.
Mikalai was forced to work more on Saturdays, but refused to do so. He
was punished with 6 months of solitary confinement on June 1st. During
this period he is deprived of all dates, phone calls and food supply
from the outside.

*Ihar Alinevich* (8 years) served 14 days in a punishment cell for
refusing to clean the inner yard of the colony. This work is done only
by certain prisoners who relate to the downcasts*. Thus, the prison
administration tries to make him the downcast as well. In Belarusian
prisons the downcasts do all the dirty work, eat and work in the

Silent revolution in Belarus

The situation in Belarus is now getting closer to the one that was during the elections in December 2010 but now it seems to be more massive and popular.

After the elections the economy collapsed without Russian dotations. The local currency devaluated almost thrice. Therefore the national bank limited the operations with foreign currencies wich led to smaller banks' collapses, blocking currency accounts and cards and long lines before the currency exschange points similar to those for toilet paper and bread in the Soviet Union.

Social activists were kidnapped by cops in Minsk, Belarus

Today (3-rd of September 2010) at morning our friends and comrades were
kidnapped by police. Six people are missing. We manage to get know about
their kidnapping only several hours later from their neighbors which said
that unknown people in police uniform took away everybody situating the
apartment. Fate of these people is still unknown this moment. Nobody responds

Belarus: The Conflict at Black Red White in Brest

Black Red White is the largest furniture producer / importer in Poland, with a 20% share of the Polish furniture market. There are 20 subsidiary companies in Black Red White and 9 additional companies registered abroad in Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Russia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. Its products are sold in over 50 countries and the company employs over 14,500 workers.

The following article, about a labour conflict in Belarus, was published on the site of the Russian section of the IWA, KRAS.

Kobets, Grigori (or Ryhor) 1898-1990

A short biography of celebrated Bielorussian playwright Grigor Kobets, who fought with the Makhnovists.

The Makhnovist playwright

Grigori Kobets was born on the 12th (24th Gregorian calendar) July 1898 in Elizavetgrad (now Kirovohrad) in the Ukraine within the Russian Empire.

Mett, Ida, 1901-1973

Ida Mett

A short biography Ida Mett, Russian anarchist and author of The Kronstadt Commune about the uprising against the new Bolshevik dictatorship following the Russian Revolution.

Ida Mett
Born Ida Gilman, July 1901 - Smorgon’, Russia, died 27 June 1973 - Paris, France