to our friends,
in belarus the repression against our anarchist comrades continues with full force – we copy here a twitter thread from ‘freedom is a right’ for all those who don’t use twitter. solidarity with pramen!
19.5 years in prison for four: anarchists from #Belarus were sentenced in the “Pramen case”
On April22,the Minsk Regional Court announced the verdict in a criminal case against Yevgeny Rubashko, Alexander Belov and еру two Artyomov Soloveys. They were accused of participating in protest marches in 2020, as well as being a part of the so-called “extremist”formation “Pramen”.
It is not known what exactly the proof of the guys’ guilt was based on and how the hearings were held, since the trial was closed 20 minutes after the start. Probably, the accusations were so unfounded and absurd that it was simply reckless to allow listeners into the courtroom.
As a result, judge Elena Misnik, at the request of the prosecutor Alexander Romanovich, sentenced the Alexander Belov, Yevgeny Rubashko and Artyom Dmitrievich Solovey to 5 years in a correctional facility each, and Artyom Sergeevich Solovey to 4.5 years in a correctional facility.
It should be noted that “Pramen” (@Pramenofanarchy) is a media collective that publishes anarchist news and comments on events from an anarchist point of view on its website and in various social networks.
It was these media channels, in particular Pramen’s Telegram channel, that were recognized as an “extremist formation”, and that happened only in November 2021, while Alexander Belov, Evgeny Rubashko and Artyom Soloveys were detained last summer.
Probably their participation in the activities of “Pramen” consisted only in subscribing to a news channel on Telegram. Meanwhile, the allegations of group actions that violate public order were based on the participation in the self-organized black bloc of anarchists during the mass protest marches against the rigged presidential elections and the violence against peaceful demonstrators that followed them.
We will know if our assumptions about the case are true when Belarus becomes free and all political prisoners are released. Now is the time to express support and solidarity to the condemned anarchists:
a.) Organize an action in your city (download layouts for the action here – link: https://dropmefiles.com/0zdJl)
b.) Share the story of the guys on social networks using the hashtag #FreedomIsARight #FreeBelov #FreeSolovei #FreeRubashko
c.) Write a letter or send a postcard with words of support (you can do it online through the form on the ABC website https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8682&lang=en)
d.) Donate to the @abcbelarus (https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8661&lang=en)
also, lately we have again received requests from people who are looking for their loved ones in ukraine. here you can find a telegram channel where people can search and hopefully find them.
solidarity will win