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Interview: Anarchist prisoner Zhenya Rubashko about detention, being under arrest, and his fighting spirit [Belarus]

Belarus. On Friday 22 April this year anarchist comrade Evgeniy Rubashko along with 3 other anarchist comrades was sentenced to 5 years of penal colony for participating in protests in 2020 and being part of Pramen anarchist collective. This interview was taken before sentencing in January 2022, where we tried to talk to him about his political views and the situation in prison.

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A sidenote to one statement – Anarchistická Federace [Czech Republic]

The Internationale of Anarchist Federations has made a statement on the war in Ukraine, but we, Anarchistická Federace, consider it insufficient. We come to the joint debate with a statement of our positions and points we consider to be essential.

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Money for anarchists, necklace for Lukashenko [Belarus]

Belarus. Some time ago, a decision was made to raise funds for the anarchists being prosecuted in so-called Belarus. First there was a tattoo fundraiser and later a fundraising D.I.Y. book published under the title “Words Against Isolation or As Long As There Are Prisons, Let’s Write Letters.”

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News from Belarusian prisons, March 2022 [ABC Belarus]

Belarus. In the beginning of March Anastasiya Kukhta faced criminal prosecution. Initially she had been detained on 17 February on administrative charges, her apartment had been searched and she had been sentenced to 15 days of arrest. On 4 March, she became a suspect in a criminal case, and on 12 March she was charged with organisation of action grossly violating the public order (article 342.1 of the Criminal Code). She remains in custody in SIZO-1 in Minsk.

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On militarism, the fight against Putin and the prospects: An April interview with Anarchy Today

A few days ago, members of this counter-information group talked with comrades from Germany and answered their questions. See also our own recent survey on grassroots sabotage of the Russian agression and please support our digital media center via this page to help the civilian residents of Kharkov being under shelling during all time of this madness.

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Sabotage in rail road network: Arrests [Belarus]

Belarus. On April 6, the Ministry of the Interior reported that security forces used live ammunition to arrest “saboteurs” along a rail track in late March. Three of them allegedly acted together and set fire to two relay cabinets near Osipovichi. Video footage shows that one of them, with bandaged knees, has difficulty answering questions of the police forces, the second has blood on his face, and the third is really scared. Deputy Interior Minister Gennady Kazakevich now confirmed the shooting of the suspects during alleged acts of sabotage on the railroad track. At the press conference he spoke of two seriously injured – a resident of Bobruysk, who was allegedly involved in the destruction of relay cabinets, and a resident from the Minsk district, whose car was parked near the tracks and who was snitched on by “citizens who are not indifferent”.

Image above: Arrival of military equipment from Russia at the Brest-Yuzhny railway depot in January.

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War Diary of a Belarusian Anarchist Fighting in Ukraine [Part 1]

On April 7, we published a message from a Belarusian anarchist refugee who lived in Poland and is now fighting in Ukraine. War Diary Part 1 is the start of a series with translations of posts on his Telegram channel. Trigger warning: death and violence.

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Message from a Belarusian Anarchist fighting in Ukraine

Ukraine. A message from a Belarusian anarchist refugee who was living in Poland and is now a volunteer fighter in Ukraine.


Originally published by A Las Barricadas. Machine-assisted translation from Raddle.

Good evening to all but Putin’s soldiers.

After all the trips to clearly failed and dangerous actions, the flight from Belarus and what I experienced during my 29 years, it was not so difficult to travel to war-torn Ukraine, although it was terrifying.

It was not entirely clear where I was going, what awaited me, whether I would be allowed to cross the border. I was not sure whether I would reach my destination, as my passport was attracting attention at checkpoints and there was also an attack by enemy planes.

Plus the fear that the first battle would also be the last. But the biggest fear was disappointing my comrades-in-arms.

I am convinced that today’s events in Ukraine are deciding the fate not only of Ukraine itself, but of the whole of Europe.

European democracy is terrible, but what is much more terrible is what the so-called ‘Russian world’ is bringing from the East. The remnants of freedoms and rights that the working class won in Europe, after a long struggle, will be completely destroyed by the Russian dystopia, transforming everything around it into a concentration camp, as they have already done in Belarus, Russia, and partly, in Kazakhstan.

Mikhail Bakunin in his work “Federalism, Socialism and Anti-Theology” wrote: “We are firmly convinced that the most imperfect republic is a thousand times better than the most enlightened monarchy, for in a republic there are moments when the people, though eternally exploited, are at least not oppressed, whereas in monarchies they are constantly oppressed”.

So, Russia today is this incredibly aggressive monarchy.

I often read that this is an imperialist war, although it is not clear what the second empire is, and that anarchists can do nothing there.

That Nazis, who fight in any army, fight for Ukraine. That the soldiers on both sides must turn their weapons against the governments, etc., but I have not yet heard that this is also happening on the side of the troops of the “liberators”.

And there are many other criticisms, some of which I may even agree with, but the problem is that standing aside and taking a correct class position means becoming a silent witness to the bombings of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernigov and Mariupol. And my conscience does not allow me to stand aside.

That is why I am here today in Ukraine, which will face all these difficulties and finally free itself from Moscow’s influence, and with it Belarus will be free, and let us hope that after that, Russia itself will finally become a real federation of free nations.


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Antifascists persecuted in Mozyr, Belarus

Belarus. On 22 March, a dozen of local antifascists and DIY band members were arrested in Mozyr following searches in their homes. As a result, two women were detained under criminal charges – Kristina Cherenkova (inciting hatred to cops for a few Instagram posts and comments) and Anna Pyshnik (assistance in extremist activity for sending a video recording to the NEXTA Telegram channel that had been recognised as an extremist formation). They are kept in a pre-trial detention facility.

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