Belarus : Update on the Trials of Russian Anarchists
April 30, 2019by actforfreedom
On April 19, the anarchist Yevgeny Karakashev from Evpatoria was convicted by the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don in the case of Calls for Committing of Terrorist Activity in the Russian social network “Vkontakte”.
The court sentenced him to 6 years in a penal colony. He also has a 2-years ban for management of web-sites. Yevgeny Karakashev calmly reacted to the verdict. The Russian prosecutor’s office had originally requested for Karakashev 9 years in a penal colony. His lawyer will appeal against the decision of the Military Court.
This is just the latest in a series of events in which the FSB have systematically employed torture to force arrestees to sign false confessions in order to fabricate “terrorist conspiracies” involving activists.
On February 1, 2019, officers of the FSB, the Russian state security apparatus descended from the KGB, arrested a dozen people in the latest wave of their campaign of repression against accused anarchists throughout the country. After brutally torturing them over the following 24 hours in order to force them to agree to incriminating statements, they released 11 of them. The twelfth arrestee, Azat Miftakhov, temporarily disappeared within the legal system while the FSB continued torturing him and refusing his lawyer access to him. This is just the latest in a series of events in which the FSB have systematically employed torture to force arrestees to sign false confessions in order to fabricate “terrorist conspiracies” involving activists.
How to help: Comrades are collecting money for Yevgeny’s lawyer work on the appeal and to support Yevgeny in prison. Transfer money on Paypal – firstname.lastname@example.org – please mention “for Yevgeny Karakashev”