Russia

"Open up! Police!": Street artist arrested for "justifying terrorism"

Maksim Smolnikov, a street artist known as Hadad, from Khabarovsk has been remanded for two months due to his 2018 VKontakte post about the explosion at an FSB office in the Arkhangelsk region. Smolnikov is accused of "justifying terrorism." During these two years, the security officials had no complaints against him.
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ABC Moscow news: Ilya Romanov needs support for rehabilitation, Yegor Lesnykh denied parole, Ilya Shakurskiy in the hole, Kirill Kuzminkin receives propabational sentence, Nikita Uvarov released pending trial

Ilya Romanov needs support for rehabilitation

Ilya Romanov has been an activist in the anarchist movement since 1987. He was sentenced to prison twice, for 10 years in Ukraine in 00’s and 7 years in Russia in the last decade. In 2019 he almost died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. Due to the delay in the medical intervention, he lost the capacity to move the right side of his body.

Who Were the Kronstadt Rebels? A Russian Anarchist Perspective on the Uprising

A newly-translated article on the composition of the Kronstadt rebels, drawing on primary materials not available in English. This article by Andrey Kalyonov was translated by Bryan Gigantino and first published by Crimethinc.

The 14 year old Minecraft-”terrorists” of Russia

Denis Mikhaylenko and Nikita Uvarov

Kansk is a city with a population of 90 000 in Siberia, Russia. The
closest city with a million inhabitants is Krasnoyarsk, 250 kilometers
westwards. Two boys, who turned 15 years old last year, Nikita Uvarov
and Denis Mikhaylenko, have been in jail since last summer, accused of
plotting a terrorist attack. According to the charges, they were, among
other things, planning to build the headquarters of the Russian security
service FSB in Minecraft, and to blow it up there. During the Soviet
Era, the FSB had different names, the last before the disintegration of
the Soviet union being FSB.

Butchery In Chechnya

In the run up to the presidential elections, a war in Chechnya is a useful distraction from the economic chaos and corruption of daily life in Russia.

Article from Black Flag #219 (2000).

International News - Black Flag #219 (2000)

Shorter international news items from Black Flag #219 (2000)

Letter from Russia: On the Protests of January 23

A report from anarchists in Russia, describing the situation there during the protests of January 23, in which tens of thousands across the country rallied in response to the arrest of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny—expressing anger that runs much deeper. This article was first published by Crimethinc.

“Now and then the flame dies down, but solidarity is a stream of sparks”

Ilya Shakursky in court

Ilya Shakursky, an antifascist political prisoner in Russia, appeals to people to write to him, and to others imprisoned in the infamous “Network” case. See a note at the end about where to send messages