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

Russian security services may have used agent provocateur to frame up anti-fascists

A Russian newspaper has published evidence that the FSB used a neo-Nazi agent provocateur to try to entrap defendants in the “Network” case, who were then arrested and tortured Anti-fascists have launched an international campaign to defend Russian activists who have been arrested, tortured in detention, and charged with terrorism-related offences in the “Network” case.

Support manifestation and info event for detained and imprisoned comrades in S:t Petersburg and Penza!

On Sunday, January 27th, 2019, an info event was held att Kafé 44:an in Stockholm about 10 detained and 1 imprisoned comrade in S:t Petersburg and the city of Penza south-east of Moscow. Afterward a solidarity manifestation was held outside the russian embassy in Stockholm. The manifestation was directed mainly toward the ten now detained,

Campaign statement about the accused

In February 2018, a campaign was launched in Russia to support those accused in the Network case. Among the main goals of the campaign were fundraising for legal costs, organizing humanitarian support for the arrested and offering support to their relatives. The resources gathered have so far been distributed according to the financial circumstances of

Anti-fascist teenager reveals how Russian security services brutally beat and tortured him

Since October 2017, nine people have arrested as part of “The Network” case, which has seen Russian anti-fascists and anarchists in St Petersburg and Penza detained on terrorism charges. According to Federal Security Service (FSB) investigators, all the arrested men were members of an organisation that planned to provoke the “popular masses for further destabilisation

Why the Torture Cases of Anarchists in Russia Matter

Grisly news keeps coming in from Russia about the activities of the Russian Federal Security Service—the FSB, which is descended from the KGB. In account after account, anarchists and anti-fascists describe how the FSB kidnapped them, planted weapons in their cars, and used torture to force them to sign false confessions admitting to participating in an obviously invented terror network. Why should

“You should understand: FSB officers always get their way!”: Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov reveals how he was tortured by Russian security services

In late January, news that Viktor Filinkov, a left-wing activist and computer programmer, had disappeared (24 January) at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport was followed by arrests and searches (26 January) at the apartments of anti-fascist activists in the city. When Filinkov then surfaced in court and pre-trial detention, he stated he had been tortured by

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