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The position of a group of belarusian anarchists in Warsaw on the war in Ukraine

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.

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“Now its definitely time to act” – Interview with a member of the anti authoritarian squad [Ukraine]

After the war began, many of our comrades in Kyiv became either volunteers or members of the Anti-Authoritarian Squad within the Territorial Defense. Now the squad is mainly engaged in training and guard duty. When the enemy was still in the Kyiv region, the guys went to frontline positions to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) with surveillance from drones, participated in transporting refugees through the green corridor, and went out on calls from citizens about sabotage groups.

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Anarchists convicted in “Pramen case” [Belarus]

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.

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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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The resistance committee – Anti-authoritarian forces [Ukraine]

Anti-authoritarian forces organized their own international detachment within the framework of the Territorial Defense of Ukraine. In addition, dozens of our friends are defending the capital and large cities with weapons in their hands.

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Colonialism of the twenty-first century [Kazakhstan]

Kazakhstan. It has only been a few days since the start of the protests in Kazakhstan. The determination of the demonstrators quickly turned the protests into a full-fledged revolution against the Nazarbayev/Tokayev regime. Seizures of administrative buildings, strikes and marches swept across the country, and by the evening of January 5, Almaty was completely free of the ruling elite’s.

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Blood on your hands – Regarding information about torture of anarcho-partisans [Belarus]

Belarus. Today the sister of anarchist Dmitry Dubovsky published a short story after visiting the activist in the prison. The story is about the torture of the partizans in the first days after the detention: the pigs cut the skin off Igor Olynevich’s feet, Dubovsky was strangled with a plastic bag and hung up in a so called “swallow”. Previously, it was already reported that Sergei Romanov cut open his veins because of beatings by border guards.

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