A group Russian activists has created a website, YouTube channel and drafted a series of press releases raising awareness on behalf of the Federal Security Service‘s (FSB) use of torture in National Law enforcement. For example, according to a press release yesterday, entitled “How The FSB Is Manufacturing A Terrorism Case,” dating back to 2017, the FSB has begun rounding up, detaining, interrogating and in some instances torturing Russian “Anti-Fascist’s” and “Anarchists” in an effort to crackdown on civil dissent around the country. Allegedly, Antifascists and Anarchists have become so large/prevalent around Russia that they’ve begun syndicating into a much larger group of individuals referring to themselves as “The Network” – said to be highly active across the country over recent years.
However, given this groups knowledge and skills, coupled with their general attitude of Anarchism, the FSB has now since declared The Network to be a domestic terrorist organization – and has begun cracking down on them as such. According to evidence released online, dozens have already been arrested around the country – with several more awaiting trial. Not only this, but in order to crack down on the group, the FSB is alleged to have planted evidence, assaulted individuals prior to their arrests, and have propagated the widespread use of torture – including electrodes – in order to force confessions. Not only is this immoral and inhumane, but it’s also a clear violation of international law – which is why activists are sounding the alarm bells here today.
According to a statement posted online yesterday, April 28th 2019,the activists explained:
“In the run-up to presidential elections and the FIFA World Cup, repressions against antifascists and anarchists started in Russia. In Autumn 2017, 6 people were arrested in Penza; several of them had weapons and explosives planted on them. FSB officers then tortured the antifascists right in the detention facility: they applied naked wires to the activists’ various body parts and turned the electricity on, they beat them up, hanged them upside down. While torturing them, the agents made the activists learn by heart the story the FSB needed: they were supposed to confess of having founded and belonging to a terrorist organization called “The Network”. In late January 2018, two more antifascists were arrested in Saint-Petersburg. They, too, were beaten up, tortured with electric current, and forced to incriminate themselves by confirming they were members of the “Network.”