During the last months, Russian secret services have arrested several anarchists and antifascists. They were accused of conspiring to organize a “terrorist organization”. The arrested were tortured with electric cables and shockers for many hours, brutally beaten without consideration if serious wounds are caused and whether visible traces of beating are left. The officers humiliated our arrested comrades. They tried to force them to testify against themselves and against each other.
The FSB officers demanded that they stop participating in the campaign of resistance against tortures and repressions. Moreover, after solidarity actions took place in Russia, the police launched repressions against those who took these actions. Our comrades were prosecuted in Moscow and Chelyabinsk. Anarchists in Chelyabinsk were again tortured with electricity by the police, while being accused of “hooliganism”. Simultaneously with the arrests in Saint-Petersburg, FSB raids and arrests against anarchists were made in the Crimea.
It is necessary to continue and strengthen the campaign of solidarity to force Russian authorities to end tortures and political repressions.
The best day for new actions is March 18: the day of presidential elections in Russia. In this day, the ruling regime is the most vulnerable and the eyes of the world will be turned to the situation in our country.
We invite you to join the protest against any kind against tortures and repressions in Russia: near embassy of Russian Federation in Helsinki. We will not be silent while our comrades are tortured!
See you on March 18, 1 PM at Tehtaankatu 1!