Moscow anti-fascist is on trial for his anti-fascist beliefs. International solidarity is needed!
Next Tuesday, the 21st of April 2009, a verdict will be announced in the
case of Moscow anti-fascist Alexei Olesinov.
He has already been in pretrial incarceration for more than 5 months
(since 6 of November 2008). The prosecutor demands 5 years of prison
for him. The anti-fascist is accused of “hooliganism in a group”
(article 213, part 2 Criminal code of Russian Federation). Specifically,
he is accused of a fight with the guards of night club “Cult,” which
allegedly took place on the 30th of August 2008. He was arrested two
months after the event took place, and a criminal case was only started
then. It has been falling apart from the very beginning: for instance,
there is no “injured party” (guards claim that neither moral nor
physical harm was caused). All the evidence and statements prove that
the case is completely fabricated. The investigation agencies also
claim in their investigation file that Olesinov is a leader of an
“informal movement – antifa,” as if it is an extra crime so it is
explicitly political persecution case.
Alexei Olesinov could, quite likely, receive a long prison term. Besides
the fact that our comrade will be deprived of freedom that can be also a
really dangerous precedent for the Russian anti-fascist and other
movements when the person active in these movements can be sent to
prison on absolutely arbitrary grounds.
While some time is still left, we can try to influence the decision
currently being made at a very high level by putting international
pressure on the authorities. An
anti-fascist should not be convicted!
We need your help and solidarity! What can you do? Organize actions at
Russian embassies demanding immediate freedom to Alexei Olesinov.
You can phone, send a fax or a telegram to the court where the case of
Olesinov is being tried and demand to stop the criminal prosecution of
Alexei Olesinov and his immediate freedom!
Fax/phone number: +7 (495) 911-03-85 with note “Konovalova N.V.”
The address is following: 109147, Russia, Moscow, Marksistskij per., 1/32
I.o. predsedatelya Taganskogo rajonnogo suda Konovalovoj N.V.
In Russian: 109147, Россия,