Strategy 31 will hold a meeting outside the Russian Embassy in London, in memory of all those murdered by the Putin regime
On Friday, August 31 between 6 and 7 pm Strategy 31 will hold a meeting outside the Russian Embassy in London, in memory of all those murdered by the Putin regime. This will be a non-party event, organized by a group of concerned citizens in solidarity with Russian political prisoners (politzeki).
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In defence of Putin’s regime we often hear a somewhat paradoxical phrase: “Putin may be a thief but he is not a murderer at least”.
There is some truth in that. The system Putin built during his first presidential term did not turn out to be as bloody as had been expected. This system of policed liberalism was first created by Yeltsin during the shooting up of the Parliament and finalized during the two Chechnyan wars and it carries within itself the probability of political force though until now it avoided mass repression. It can be described as a system of precision repression and joint responsibility.
During Putin’s first and Medvedev’s single presidential terms political trials became the norm as did the torture of political prisoners in police stations and sentences issued in accordance with phone calls from above. If any oppositioner was killed during interrogation in “Centre E” (Centre for the Fight Against Extremism) or died in prison, those responsible were invariably protected. Let us list the deaths in prison: Chervochkin, Stradymov, Shaygalimov, Magnitsky and Aleksanyan. Protection of those guilty of murder and the suppression of truth were always part of the plans for the elimination of Putin’s opponents. The only crime for which there was any punishment meted out at all was the murder of Yevloyev. The officer in charge of security for the head of the MVD in Ingushetiya was found guilty of careless gun handling and given two years.
Putin’s third term began with a sharp increase in repression. Every single prisoner is at risk as, should he die in prison, his murderers will never be held responsible under this regime.
That is why we shall be demonstrating on August 31, 2012 outside the Russian Embassy in London. We want to remind everyone of what happens when Putin’s minions cross a certain line in behaviour. We shall remind everyone of the fate of the hostages of Beslan and “Nord-Ost”, sacrificed to brutal image-making; of the murder of National Bolsheviks in Centre E, which has introduced into central Russia methods employed against the Caucasian underground; of Magnitsky, murdered by corrupt officials and of Aleksanyan who became the victim of his own refusal to give evidence that was demanded from him; of Politkovskaya and Estemirova who were riddled with bullets and Litvinenko who was poisoned; of all those victims whose names add up to a list that is far longer than it ought to be which proves beyond any doubt that at the very least Putin protects murderers and covers up for them.
By Raymond Krumgold, former political prisoner, political refugee, United Kingdom