I’m not surprised by the violence. I am not surprised because I know about the violence that occurs in Russia every day. Senseless cruelty is seemingly the norm for some Russians. I don’t have a ready answer to why this is the case. It’s worth asking sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists for an explanation.
Image above: ‘Post-Soviet visual. An unknown activist’s protest performance titled “Bucha-Moscow” against the war crimes of the Russian army in Ukraine. Images via Холод (facebook.com/holodmedia/?cft=AZVAd4S_h4a5wa8wCdY7VLgShIWPc6nK07EYg0xRle-LGkmPF7ivm9aDt9B5z2WSbWsHvQ4op3LMDM2T3xznLHee8bkgdHuIv3x1dsEcIqdmqNxQZOS_c1JfEMCFqONAdQ2cIW-8DTj2Axk-MQvKJfYE&tn=kK-R= .’ Courtesy of Soviet Visuals (facebook.com/sovietvisuals/posts/5345947325471468).
Continue reading Ivan Astashin: Violence Is the Norm [Russia]
Russian territory. The state prosecutor has asked the Volga District Military Court to sentence the five defendants in the Penza portion of the Network Case to between six and eighteen years in prison, according to a member of the campaign to support the defendants who was present in the courtroom.
Continue reading Russian territory: 18 Years in Prison for Being Tortured by the FSB
On April 20, 2018, the Russian Investigative Committee officially declined to open a criminal case on the basis of a complaint filed by Viktor Filinkov, one of the young men accused in The Network case, who alleged he had been tortured by FSB officers. Moreover, these very same FSB officers are permitted to visit him in remand prison. OVD Info has published, below, the account Filinkov gave to his lawyer of how the secret service officers who tortured him now talk to him.
Continue reading Repression in #Russia: “Are You a Bitch Yet?” FSB Makes New Threats to Framed and Tortured Antifascist Viktor Filinkov