A letter from Alexey Sutuga, imprisoned in Moscow

Hello everyone!

Yet another period of our remand imprisonment is approaching its end,
but I am certain, that we will be kept locked up a few months more, even
without any developments whatsoever in the fabricated criminal case
against us.

You already know the details of our arrest and the violations connected
to it, but now I want to share with you my thoughts regarding the
political context surrounding our case. In my opinion, the main goal of
the investigation is to
bring the criminal charge of "creating an extremist organisation"
targeted against social groups of "fascists, Nazis and racists".

There have already been similar precedents in terms of the practices of
the E-Center (Center of Counteraction Against Extremism - trans.) around
Russia. The main interest of the investigator S.I. Kochergin is to
reveal the existence
of the non-existent extremist movement "Antifa", and to connect the case
against Igor Kharchenko and the one against us into one simple case. It
is an obvious effort by the police against people with anti-fascist
ideas. And all of
this is under the thorough control of the officers of the E-center and
FSB, whose purpose is to criminalize anti-fascists and social activists.

It is no secret, that we encourage people to actively participate in the
oppositional movement, and we try to direct the opposition towards
resolving social problems, part of which are the true reasons of racism
and nationalism in our society. As a result, we have seen repression
against anti-fascists all around Russia. This is how they are
interfering in our attempts to take part in social movements.

At this point, it is too early to say anything about the development of
my criminal case, as the investigation has practically ceased to work
once I was arrested. Right now, we are simply "marinating" in prison. We
know we are not
guilty, as we did not cause any harm whatsoever to any victims. The
victims lacked any guts in front of the investigators, and obediently
pointed out our photographs from the internet, as according to the
officers of the E-Center, we are the leaders of the non-existent
movement "Antifa".

I want to send my warmest greetings to my relatives, friends and
comrades from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland and other countries in
Europe and the World. Thank you all for your support and solidarity
actions. Once again we have
received a confirmation of your solidarity. I wish you success in our
struggle on every front.

Alexey Sutuga

Currently funds for the defence costs have been exhausted. If you want
to donate via Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow, please visit
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Donate for guidelines.

Original (with photo:
https://avtonom.org/en/author_columns/letter-alexey-sutuga)

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S2W
Sep 25 2012 21:55

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