18 Years in Prison for Being Tortured by the FSB

Network Case defendants. Photo by Andrei Karev. Courtesy of Novaya Gazeta Prosecutor Asks Court to Sentence Penza Network Case Defendants to Up to Eighteen Years in PrisonOVD InfoDecember 26, 2019 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

Guided Tour of a Torture Chamber

My Words Have Been Recorded Correctly, an art exhibition in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and antifascists, took place July 5–7, 2019, at Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center in Petersburg. The show was sad and daring. During the three days it was up, it was visited by both regular cops and the “anti-extremism” police from Center “E”

“You picked a fight with the state, we will grind you into dust”: Russian activist Dmitry Pchelintsev on how he was tortured by the security services

Since 2017, the Russian security services have been investigating over a dozen Russian anarchists and anti-fascists for their role in an alleged terrorist plot. According to the FSB, these young men were part of an organisation called “The Network”, a “terrorist group” that allegedly planned to “stir up people for the purpose of destabilising political

Viktor Filinkov’s speech on torture during the recording of voice samples in court

Captain Maxim Volkov, expert of the St. Petersburg department of the Federal Security Service (FSB), records voice samples for phonoscopic examination of a conversation between Victor Filinkov and Yulian Boyarshinov. Voice samples will be examined by the “North-Western Center of Expertise” of the Ministry of Justice. Expert Volkov said that each accused should introduce himself,

Crossing Jordan: Day Three of the Network Trial

Jordan and Maidan: The Network Trial, Day Three Sergei Kagermazov OVD Info April 11, 2019 Yuli Boyarshinov in court. Photo by David Frenkel. Courtesy of OVD Info The left-wing radical community Network existed, but its young anarchists were training to fend off attacks by ultra-rightists when and if a coup like the one that took

The Network Trials: Pinning the “Code” on the Defendants

Petersburg Network Trial Defendants Viktor Filinkov and Yuli Boyarshinov. Photo by Alexander Koryakov. Courtesy of Kommersant Prosecution Tries to Pin “Code” on Network Defendants Anna Pushkarskaya Kommersant May 21, 2019 The Volga District Military Court rejected the defense’s motion to send the Penza segment of the so-called Network case back to prosecutors. The prosecution has

June 11th. Solidarity

June 11th: the international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and long-term anarchist prisoners. In the 15 years this tradition has been observed, June 11th has facilitated support and action inspired by imprisoned anarchists — from noise demonstrations outside of jails to letter-writing nights, from fundraisers to arson. Setting aside this day is one way

Network Trial Begins in Petersburg

Network case defendants Viktor Filinkov and Yuli Boyarshinov in the cage at court yesterday. Filinkov (left) wears a sweatshirt emblazoned with the slogan, “Your taser can’t kill our ideas.” Photo by Alexander Koryakov. Courtesy of Kommersant The Defendants Were Assigned Roles: Network Trial Gets Underway in Petersburg Anna Pushkarskaya Kommersant April 9, 2019 The court

Russia: “network” case lawyers prepare for court battle

On 19 January, Vitaly Cherkasov, legal counsel for Viktor Filinkov, held a press conference on his client’s case in St Petersburg. After being under investigation for 13 months, Filinkov’s case has now been sent to court, and Cherkasov is free to discuss the evidence. According to Cherkasov, there is no substantial evidence in the case

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