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Stanislav Markelov and anarchists

Stanislav Markelov and anarchists

Stanislav Markelov, shot in Moscow by an assassin 19th of January 2009, was not an anarchist. He defined himself as a “Martovian social-democrat”, after Yuliy Martov, leader of pre-revolutionary Menshevik fraction of social-democrat movement. In more contemporary terms, he was a left-wing social democrat.

But Stas had friends in about any fraction of Russian socialists, reformers and revolutionaries. He had an encyclopedic knowledge on history of the revolutionary movement of Russia, which was a huge inspiration for him, and he could lecture for hours on groups such as nihilists or narodniks anytime. Stas was interest on history of political red cross (which still today remains as anarchist black cross), and he considered lawyers who defended narodniks and esers in tsarist times his prececents, and eventually he became first lawyer to defend left-wing “terrorists”, accused by the new Russian state. In all cases he did during 1990’s and early years of this decade, he managed to dismiss terrorist charges and eventually if defendants got sentenced, they got sentenced for lesser charges.

Anarchist activists killed in Moscow

Anarchist activists killed in Moscow

On 19.01.2009 two activists were killed. One of them, Stanislaw Markelow was a famous political lawyer. The other victim is Anastasia Barburowa, journalist, who was walking togeter with Markelow. They were both murdered in the centre of Moscow, shoot on the heads, probably by a professional killer.
Markelow was an active member of anarchistic and ecological movement in the 90ties. He became a lawyer and was propably the most controversial of russian lawyers. He defended many people, like anachirsts and victims of war in Czeczenia. He was also a lawyer of Anna Politkowska.
The murder might be connected with the famous case of Juri Budanov. In march 2000 Budanov raped and killed an 18years old czeczenian girl Elza Kungajeva. Markelov was the lawyer of her family. Budanov left the jail 4 days ago.
Anastasia was taking part in many actions and she was an anti-represion activist. She was working in AD organisation too. Last time she took part in defending of student hostel, where many people from Caucasian countries. She was present at ecological camp in Sasov, ESF and anticapitalist festival.
She died when she tried to safe Markelov.

Russia’s response to crisis: Crackdown

Russia’s response to crisis: Crackdown

MOSCOW – In Ukraine, politicians have debated the International Monetary Fund loan and anti-crisis measures in full public view. In Russia, the effects of the crisis have been hushed up, and an opposition protest on Dec. 14 was violently crushed by police.

“We’re back to where we started,” said Dmitry, 45, who attended the unsanctioned protest on Dec. 14 and declined to give his surname. “We had sausage and repression in Soviet times as well.”

The “sausage” has been Russia’s recent economic boom, built on high oil prices. But the global crisis has hit the country hard, and the sausage appears to be running out, as the price of oil has dived from a high of $147 per barrel in July to under $50. With next year’s budget calculated on the basis of an average of $95 per barrel, analysts say that Russia’s failure to diversify away from oil has left its economy weak.

Not that you would know it from watching television. While Ukrainians have been able to watch debates over the unfolding political and economic drama on television and in the press, Russians have been presented with a sea of calm. The word “crisis” was reportedly blacklisted from use on television in October and references to the global turmoil are usually accompanied by a statement blaming the United States for the problems.

Migrant Worker Decapitated in Russia

Migrant Worker Decapitated in Russia

MOSCOW — The police in Moscow are investigating the ghastly murder of a Central Asian migrant worker, who was stabbed several times and decapitated in an apparent attack by ultranationalists.

The severed head of the victim, a citizen of Tajikistan, was discovered in a dumpster on Wednesday wrapped in a plastic bag, the press service for the investigative wing of the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

Investigators say the victim and another Tajik migrant worker were attacked last Saturday after they left work at a food warehouse just south of Moscow. The newspaper Kommersant cited unnamed police sources, who said the murder victim was Salekh Azizov, 20, from the city of Vidnoe, also south of Moscow. The second Tajik worker was able to escape, but was hospitalized with injuries, according to the investigators.

An obscure group calling itself the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists announced it was responsible for the killing in an email sent to two human rights organizations that monitor hate crimes in Russia. The email also included a photo of the victim’s decapitated head.

Call for government investigation into targeting of Russian trade unionists

Call for government investigation into targeting of Russian trade unionists

Alexey Etmanov, ITUA co-chairman and chairman of the ITUA primary organisation at Ford enterprise in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, has had two lucky escapes after being targeted by violent assailants in recent weeks. In the first case he was attacked by three thugs armed with brass knuckles but managed to scare them off. Originally believing them to be robbers the next day the deputy chairman of Etmanov’s union, Vladimir Lesik, received a call on his mobile phone and was alerted that the night incident had no relation to a robbery and threatened the union activists. Etmanov and his family have subsequently been threatened.

In a statement regarding the assaults, International Metalworkers’ Federation general secretary Marcello Malentacchi warned of the IMF’s grave concern over “the authorities’ indifference to violations of fundamental human and labour rights and the failure to act promptly and effectively to ensure these rights are fully upheld and protected” and demanded “an immediate, unbiased and transparent investigation into the facts of attacks against trade union leaders Alexei Etmanov, Alexei Gramm and Sergei Bryzgalov, as well as the death threats made to Vladimir Lesik.”

Unite is joining with the IMF to urge letters calling for an immediate and transparent investigation into these attacks to be sent to:

Mr. Chaika Yuriy , General Public Prosecutor of Russian Federation, 125993, Moscow, GSP-3, 15a B. Dimitrovka str. Fax: +7 (495) 692-96-00

Mr. Romanyuk Sergey, Public Prosecutor of Leningrad region, 194044, Saint-Petersburg, av. Lesnoi, str. 20, kor. 12, Fax: +7 812 542 00 15

Mr. Kuznetsov Valeriy , Public Prosecutor of Rostov region, 344082, Rostov region, Rostov-na-Donu, per. Bratskiy, 11, Fax: +7 863 262-45-25

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Russian Union Leader Alexei Etmanov Attacked and Threatened with Death

Russian Union Leader Alexei Etmanov Attacked and Threatened with Death

On the night of November 8, Alexei Etmanov, the chair of the trade union committee at the Ford-Vsevolozhsk plant, returned home from the second shift. He parked his car in a lot and headed for his house. On Heroes Street three men jumped in his path and without uttering a word attacked Alexei. They were armed with knuckledusters.

During the tussle, Alexei managed to pull a stun weapon from his pocket and get off a shot. The cloak-and-dagger types beat a hot retreat.

Etmanov told a police investigator that in his opinion the assailants were ordinary “yobs.” However, he turned out to be wrong.

The following day, Etmanov’s deputy, Vladimir Lesik got a call on his mobile phone. The caller warned him that the nighttime incident had nothing to do with robbery or mugging.

“You got a mild chewing-out. But if you keep getting in our way, you’ll part with your life,” the anonymous caller declared.

The combative trade union at Ford-Vsevolozhsk gets in a lot of people’s way—both employers and dealers. And, by establishing the Inter-Regional Union of Auto Industry Workers (MPRA), the young workers of Vsevolozhsk have also gotten in the way of employers in Taganrog and Togliatti, as well as those trade union organizations that the authorities use like an “engine whistle” to let off the steam of popular rage.

It is a matter for the police to find out which of these forces attacked a labor leader with knuckledusters.

For our part, we would like to remind our sons of Lenin’s statement that a revolution is worth its salt only when it knows how to defend itself.

Trade union activists are in the process of preparing an appeal to the police to open a criminal investigation.

Three Russian police officers admit burning suspect alive

Three Russian police officers admit burning suspect alive

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Three police officers in the Russian Volga city of Saratov have admitted to burning an Armenian national alive, local media said on Friday.

The three officers are accused of detaining the man on suspicion of theft on the night of October 28-29, and then beating a confession out of him.

When he then refused to sign his “admission of guilt,” local media say he was “taken to the edge of the city and burned alive.”

The dead man has been officially identified as 30-year-old Armenian national A. Gasparyan.

Saratov Region police have been criticized in the Russian media for only making the news public on the evening of October 30, after local journalists had already written about the incident.

This is not the first case of its kind in Russia this fall. In September, in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye Territory, three police officers were arrested on charges on beating a man to death near the city of Vladivostok. The same charges were also brought against two other officers in the city later that month.

Anti-fascist murdered in Russia

From Indymedia Russia:

In the morning on October, 10th, 2008, Filatov «Fedjay» Feodor Vasilevich has died in hospital from plural knife wounds. He was only 27 years old.

In 7:30 a.m. he came out from entrance of the house. He was attacked by four unknown persons, armed with knives. There is no doubt that these people planned this attack. As a result, having received numerous knives’s injuries, Feodor Filatov has been taken to hospital on the ambulance. Feodor has died in hospital, without coming to his senses.

We, friends and comrades, deeply grieve over his untimely death. We remember Fedjay as the staunch friend and the fine person who could not pass by the stranger’s misfortune or leave a comrade in a trouble. It was one of those people who stood at basis of Moscow Trojan Skinheads, community of apolitical antiracist skinheads from Moscow and Moscow Region. He made for development of Russian antiracist skinhead scene so much as nobody else. There is no doubt, that he was murdered for his believes.

Memory of him will eternally live in our hearts. Rest in peace, the brother.

Never forget! Never forgive!