Monday, May 28, 2012


Alexey Olesinov and Alexey Sutuga

Alexey Sutuga, a Russian anti-fascist and a member of Autoonomous Action, was arrested last April 17 in Moscow following a fundraising event for other anti-fascist prisoners.  A month earlier Alexey Olesinov was jailed for the ame alleged crime.  The "crime" both men are charged with involves a fight with fascist security guards at a Moscow Club last December.

A member of Autonomous Action reportedly explained in Inter Antifa Russia, 

“The case against the well-known anti-fascist Alexey Olesinov, now remanded, has been investigated for several months and is now collapsing. It seems that the human rights campaign in support of Olesinov has begun to irritate the police. If they had something on Sutuga, they would have followed the legal procedures for this case. And it turns out that they have just arrested a person and held him incommunicado for almost a whole day. It looks as if the police have wild imaginations.”

Inter Antifa itself writes, 
" is obvious, that conflict was provoked by security, or as they now claim in the media, “administrators” of the club. And they were the ones who escalated the conflict, by grabbing their guns and shooting at the people. Now wounded security promises to “give any kind of testimony”, in order to save their arses. And they accuse anti-fascists for escalation of the violence. Obviously, that such people feel that any subcultures pose a threat to them, as nobody will never accept the ridiculous ideas, with which security of the concert associates itself."
 SCISSION joins with numerous other blogs and organizations of anti-fascist and others who are calling for international days of action on behalf of these men and all of those who have been jailed fighting against the rise of neo-nazism and fascism inside Russia."

The following report is from Autonomous Action.

Join common days of action for Alexey Sutuga, Alexey Olesinov and all repressed anti-fascists

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.

But incident in club "Vozdukh" is just an excuse for yet another attempt
to destroy anti-fascist movement in Moscow, and in Russia in general.
Authorities of the Russian federation are not in a condition to stop
nationalists - they are either ignoring the threat alltogether, or
attempt to set up "a controllable nationalist movement", but in the end
these attempts just becoming subsidies of the far right from the state -
let us keep in mind the close cooperation between pro-Kremlin youth
organisations and "Russkiy Obraz", which in turn was connected to armed
Nazi underground organisation of Yevgeniya Khasis and Nikita Tihonov.
But state is harshly intervening against any civic initiatives, which
attempt to fight against nationalists using direct action.

Goal of the most recent operation of the authorities is to neutralise
most known and most active anti-fascists of Moscow. Both activists have
been in anti-fascist movement for a decade already. Olesinov was already
once jailed with bogus charges - in November of year 2008 he was
arrested, allegedly for a fight with security in club "Kult" in August
of that year. Immediately after that incident, Olesinov was arrested,
but released without any charges, as he was not committing even a
misdemeanor and club security had no any demands. However, prosecutor
demanded 5 years prison sentence on basis of Second part of Statute 213
of Russian criminal codex ("Hooliganism"), but thanks to a wide protest
campaign and a number of protests both in Russia and abroad, eventually
he was only jailed for a year. But this prison sentence damaged his
health for good, and after new arrest in February, he has had continuous
health problems. He was diagnosed an early form of tuberculosis,
apparently contracted during his previous prison term, but he is not
provided a proper medical care.

Remand court of Olesinov involved outrageous violations - prosecutor
claims that he was hiding from the officials, and provided judge a
warrant not to leave Moscow with a falsified signature, dated to
beginning of the February. But there is no way Olesinov could have
signed such a paper in Moscow, since he was continuously staying in St.
Petersburg since December.

Alexey Sutuga is a member of Autonomous Action since early years of
2000s, he was first active in Irkutsk and then in Moscow. He
participated to every single major campaign of anarchist movement during
the last ten years, and supported journal Avtonom. In 2007, he joined
ecological protest camp against uranium enrichment in city of Angarsk in
Siberia, which was assaulted by nationalists in the early morning hours.
Ilya Borodaenko from Nahodka of Pacific Ocean was murdered, and a number
of other visitors of the camp were seriously wounded.

We should not let state to attack anti-fascist movement yet another
time! We call everyoen to join
common days of actions for Alexey Sutuga, Alexey Olesinov and all
repressed antifascists from 10th to 17th of July - during these days,
new court decision on continuation of remand imprisonment will be made
in Moscow.

Any kind of actions are welcome - marches, pickets, wheatpasting,
graffiti, writing of protest letters and so on - choose whichever
methods are the most actual where you live. But do not forget to contact
s in prior, so that we could list you among the participating cities!

If you want to participate, write to, or call or send
sms to Moscow group of Autonomous Action: +7-985-247-20-65

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