Russian Activists Accuse FSB of Torture In National Crackdown Against Anti-Fascists & Anarchists

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.”

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France Issues Arrest Warrants for Senior Level Officials of Assad Regime In Syria

The other week when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt was visiting the United Nations Headquarters in New York City I called and sent messages to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Police (INTERPOL) in Lyon, France asking if there had ever been an arrest warrant issued in his name. I asked this because I was seriously considering taking matters into my own hands by placing Sisi under citizens arrest if I had ever managed to get close enough to him. It wasn’t necessarily a joke either, I even managed to get the United Nations to email the itinerary various speeches at the Nelson Mandela Summit on September 24th, 2018, and had been researching how to get a press pass in order to get inside the facility.

At this point in time it is an indisputable fact that President Sisi is guilty of various War Crimes and crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture, forced disappearances, murder or conspiracy to commit murder. To me it just didn’t make sense that anyone responsible for acts like this would be able to walk the streets of New York a free man, whilst simultaneous dinning/sleeping at 5 star hotels. I refuse to stand for that.

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Now, I know full well that placing Sisi under citizens arrest would have never worked or sticked, and that I probably would have been shot dead by the NYPD or Sisi’s guard detail if I ever tried it – but that was never the point. What I did and said was a political gesture meant to get the worlds attention and force people to think differently about these types of situations headed into the future. My statements to INTERPOL and the ICC also weren’t even limited to Sisi either. For example, I also inquired about arrest warrants for Bashar al-Assad as well, asking what their policy was for dealing with men like him. How could men like this not have a single arrest warrant out in their name, how come they are not arrested the second they step outside their county and onto foreign soil I wondered? So I asked international authorities those very questions.

I bring this up because I’m finding one headline in the news this morning particularly interesting. This would be the news that, on November 5th 2018, French authorities have officially issued international arrest warrants out in the name of various high ranking officials serving the Assad regime in Syria, including Syria’s National Security Bureau director Ali Mamluk,  as well as Jamil Hassan, head of the Syrian air force’s intelligence agency, and Abdel Salam Mahmoud, head of Syria’s air force intelligence’s investigative branch.

According to reports, they are being charged with “complicity in acts of torture, complicity in crimes against humanity and complicity in war crimes” – literally the exact the same charges I first brought up in my original emails to French authorities. Moreover, even through the warrants were first released to the public today, November 5th 2018, they were actually issued on October 8th 2018 – two weeks after my initial emails and phone calls. Coincidence? You tell me….  #VigilanteLife 😉


How Palestinian Authorities are Oppressing Their Own Peoples

Yesterday Human Rights Watch released an investigative report entitled “‘Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent:’ Arbitrary Arrest and Torture Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,“chronicling the conditions endured by Palestinian activists under the rule of Hamas. According to the report, Palestinian activists are routinely subjected to arrest and torture at the hands of their own Government. It is an interesting and unique look inside the current situation facing the people of Palestine, whom are essentially being persecuted from both sides – by Israeli authorities and Hamas.

At the present moment in time the Israeli Government refuses to recognize Palestinian as its own nation-state, demanding that Hamas be removed from Governance before Israel will ever begin to consider a two state solution. Moreover, the strict/prolonged military blockade of Gaza/Palestine was only enacted after Hamas continued to use imports to advance militaristic agendas, including the developments of weapons and fortification of underground tunnels. In other words, contrary to popular belief, as the report below outlines, Israel is not solely responsible for the human rights tragedy as it presently exists inside Palestine

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This report was originally published by Human Rights Watch on October 23, 2018. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 US Licensein accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Human Rights Watch. Formatting edits added by Rogue Media Labs.