Solidarity action for Kolchenko and Sentsov in Helsinki

From ABC Helsinki:

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Today, Saturday the 29th August 2015, we participated in the international solidarity week and went around with few people in Helsinki demanding freedom for Aleksander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov, who got really long prison sentences few days ago.

Below the text from our leaflets, which we were spreading in Finnish, English and Russian.

– Helsinki Anarchist Black Cross

Free Kolchenko and Sentsov!

Alexander Kolchenko is sentenced to 10 years and Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison. They were both charged with committing ”acts of terrorism” and ”belonging to a terrorist community”.

Kolchenko, a Crimean anarchist, social activist and antifascist was kidnapped by the Russian FSB (ex-KGB) along with other Crimean activists and held as a political hostage in Lefortovo jail in Moscow up till now. Alexander has undeniably proved his antifascist stance over many years, but faced preposterous accusations of belonging to “Right Sector”, a radical Ukrainian right-wing organization, whose real role in Ukrainian events is blown out of proportion by Russian official propaganda.

The case against antifascist Alexander Kolchenko and civil activist and film director Oleg Sentsov (investigators enrolled them into the same ”terrorist” group) is political. The whole case is considered to be part of the Russian campaign to take over Crimea, which includes repressions against anyone who doesn’t comply with the new authority. It is meant to intimidate inhabitants of Crimea, prevent any resistance on the peninsula. Many people were obliged to leave Crimea because their life and freedom were threatened.

It is important to spread information about this case. We need to dissociate ourselves from any forces that support aggressive expansion of Russian nationalism, even if they cover it up with “leftist” and “anti-imperialist” rhetoric. Putin’s regime is doing just fine without your sympathy, better save it for those who have become its victims.

No one is free until all are free!

1. Repressions against Crimean activists: political context (also the bank accounts for donations) –

https://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context

2. The call of international solidarity campaign in April –

https://avtonom.org/en/news/join-international-solidarity-campaign-alexander-kolchenko

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Report from Solidarity events in Sweden (open for photoreport)

From Antifenix:

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On Saturday the 22nd of August a presentation was held at the Anarchist Bookfair in Stockholm about the movement in Czech Republic, ‘Operation Fénix’, it’s blow against activists and information from the Antifénix project. There was also benefit table where people could read more information  and take it home. There where zines, t-shirts and even some delicious cake that was all for free or donations. We want to say Thanks to everyone who came to listen, ask, learn, read and offer support.

On Tuesday the 25th there was a small demonstration in solidarity with the detainees and against the whole ‘Operation Fénix’. It was so nice that many people could come on such a short notice. There was a speech through a megaphone about the Fénix and we shouted some slogans in Czech language. After a while, someone from the embassy came out and asked why we where there and why would we care about political prisoners there and not somewhere else? They where bothered that we where blocking their entrance but after a while, there weren’t many people coming there anyway so we left after about an hour. We want to send a greeting to our comrades that where robbed of their freedom; ‘You are not alone and We didn’t forget about you!’

The same evening, another solidarity demonstration was held outside of the Russian embassy because of the newly sentenced Crimeans. Among them an anarchist and a film-maker.

Kampen fortsätter.

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