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Anarchist Black Cross Moscow: Support Russian anti-war prisoners

Russia. These prisoners have been jailed due to anti-war protests or opinions. They have a wide variety of positions, but all of them are against the Russian attack against Ukraine. There are more prisoners than whom we know the addresses. This list was compiled by Ivan Astashin. 

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Avtonom.org is now officially blocked in Russia

“Autonomous Action” (Avtonom) has always been a group that spreads anarchism in the Russian-speaking world. We don’t care about national borders. But no matter which states our activists are based, social change in Russia is very important to us.

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Russia’s Anti-War Protesters Are Facing Unprecedented Repression

ON MARCH 5THa solitary picketer stood in a public plaza in Ivanovo, a small city northeast of Moscow, with a homemade sign stating: “*** *****”. The eight asterisks stood in for the Russian words for “no war,” alluding to a new wave of censorship that has rendered it a punishable offense to refer to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as a war, and has forced the last vestiges of Russia’s independent media off the air. The previous day, a new law that bans “discrediting the Russian army,” carrying a maximum sentence of three years, had been rushed through the Duma—and when police arrested the protester, it was on those grounds. In the days since, the same law has been used to arrest other demonstrators holding up signs bearing only asterisks, or carrying blank pieces of paper. Since the beginning of the war three weeks ago, the Russian human rights media group OVD-Info reports that at least 14,906 people have been arrested for protesting the invasion.

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A Russian Anarchist on the Ukraine War

This week, the Final Straw Radio spoke with Petr, a Russian anarchist member of the group Autonomous Action (Avtonom), who is living in Europe right now.

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Moscow Anarchist Black Cross updates, March 2022 [Russia]

War in Ukraine has already increased the level of repressions in Russia, but there are not yet any new criminal proceedings against anarchist or anti-fascist activists. In this new exceptional situation, we are channeling some of our resources to humanitarian needs which go beyond our usual narrow focus of supporting repressed anarchists and anti-fascists. 

Image above: action of Left Bloc activists against FSB.

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An Anarchist Analysis on the Anarchists in Ukrainian Resistance against Russian Invasion

A group of Ukrainian anarchists living in Kyiv declared that they have joined popular resistance against Russian invasion and organized their own group- leading to many debates among anarchist circles. As long as we do not exactly know their own circumstances, one might think that they are purely pro-NATO people, confused nationalist-anarchists or even neo-Nazi supporters. Actually, they are not! According to their declarations before and during the war, they do exactly know what NATO, capitalism, nationalism and imperialism is; and they are against all of them. For me, they are just a group of comrades who found themselves in the middle of a war and trying to find out a way to defend their own lives and their own ideas.

Image above: Anti-authoritarian fighters of Resistance Committee in Ukraine.

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Spring is coming: take to the streets against the war [Russia]

The Russian army has invaded Ukraine. Putin has gone mad, and now his army is bombing cities, shooting civilians and killing children. Already more than a million people have fled Ukraine to escape from Putin’s “liberators”.

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