Data correct as of September 2022
The war in Ukraine has kept everyone’s attention for over eight months now. Many were horrified by the atrocities that accompany war efforts and are ongoing. We see dead soldiers, tortured civilians, sad faces of those who found their relatives killed and happy cries of locals on de-occupied territories. However, not much is known about one of the most marginalised and invisible groups of the population – the prisoners. This text will give you an overview of how prisoners are treated and used in war by both the Ukrainian and Russian state. We are not going to cover the topic of war prisoners (soldiers who were captured by the enemy and placed in special prison) as their conditions of imprisonment and prospects of release depends in many ways on diplomatic relations.
Continue reading Prisoners and war. What happens inside Russian and Ukrainian prisons while the whole world is not watching [ABC Belarus]
Berlin. Excitement at the Belarusian Embassy: Even in Berlin, the Belarusian head of state Lukashenko is no longer safe from criticism. Around the place where the dictator’s employees work, the action group LIDUS (“Lukashenko is stupid and stinks”) hijacked all the advertising showcases of the WallDecaux company without permission. The embassy staff could read the following in the advertising boxes: “Stop the 2nd front!” and “Asylum for war resisters from Belarus now”. In addition, the logo of the opposition organisation “Nash Dom” (Our House) can be found on the posters. “War resisters from Belarus urgently need our support,” explains the action group LIDUS (“Lukashenko is stupid and stinks”). “That’s why we decided to have a solidarity action in front of the embassy.”
Continue reading Berlin: Solidarity adbustings for conscientious objectors in front of Belarusian embassy
Belarus. On 6 September Minsk City Court pronounced the verdict in the criminal case of the so-called “international criminal group”. There are 14 anarchists and libertarians, four of whom have left Belarus.
Continue reading Belarusian anarchists given prison sentences from 5 to 17 years [Belarus]
After February 24, among ourselves and with comrades from different countries, we often discuss the situation Europe found itself in. Why did the war start? How has it changed the political prospects of the region and, in particular, Belarus? How do we feel about NATO? Is it possible, while remaining anarchists, to serve in the state armed forces? Finally, what should we do in the context of the war, being part of the diaspora in Poland? We have come up with a collective position on these and other issues, which are outlined in the following text.
Continue reading The position of a group of belarusian anarchists in Warsaw on the war in Ukraine
Almost every day trains in Russia go off the rails – 78 wagons last month alone. Title photo, for example, is from the Lunevo-Porkhov stretch in the Pskov region, where 13 wagons reportedly carrying explosives were derailed on June 24 (the brake did not work at the right time). You are welcome to support the team of this rubric for restoration of their community in Kharkiv and humanitarian aid to civilian population still being under daily Russian missile strikes all this four bloody month. Please join this fundraising.
Continue reading Rail war! Belarusians face the death penalty, the blocked Trans-Sib, anarchists work around Moscow [Belarus, Russia]
A full-scale war in Ukraine has been going on for over three months now. The anarchist movement has responded to the Russian invasion in different ways during these three months – some have begun unconditionally supporting their comrades in Ukraine, while others continue to repeat the story of NATO aggression in the region. We also felt it necessary to make a statement about our view of events.
Continue reading Statement of the ABC Belarus on the war in Ukraine
It’s been almost two years since the 2020 protests in Belarus. The anarchist movement, just like the rest of activists and jounalists, has faced the biggest crackdown ever. Many activists had to leave the country, others got behind bars. ABC-Belarus continues its activity and needs support more than ever. At the moment, there are about 30 imprisoned anarchists and antifascists in Belarus and the number keeps growing.
Continue reading ABC Belarus: No one will be left alone
Belarus. On April 22 the verdict was pronounced in the so-called “Pramen case”. Aliaksandr Bialou, Jauhen Rubashka, Artsiom Salavei were sentenced to 5 years in prison, another Artsiom Salavei – to 4.5 years. The gravamen is unknown, since the trial was held in camera.
Continue reading Anarchists convicted in “Pramen case” [Belarus]