Arrest of Oleg Vorotnikov during a demonstration of anarchists at 2011 March 31th, St. Petersburg Russia
30 of July at 18 00, the lawyer Giuseppe Romano had the first meeting with Oleg. For the moment Oleg is in the mass cell, today the lawyer will give Oleg all the necessary belongings for prison life. On the 1st of August 2014, at 11am will take place the first closed judicial session about deportation of Oleg to Russia.
The first trial will be held tomorrow. Here is the adress of the court in Venice: Edificio 16 della Cittadella della Giustizia: Santa Croce 430 (Piazzale Roma) – 30135 Venezia (VE); tel. 041-9653576; fax 041-9653470; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the trial of 1st of August 2014, on the request of the lawyer, the solidarity group Free Voina is looking for a person in Venice or in suburbs of Venice who could guarantee that during next trials.Oleg will live at his or her place. Who is ready to help with this, please contact us by mail email@example.com
Three days ago, in Venice, Oleg Vorotnikov, member of the Voina Art Group was hardly beaten during a fight. When the police arrived on the spot they decided to take Oleg into custody. Voina are well known for their artistic actions which have powerfully critiqued authoritarian rule, homophobia, the use of religion as an instrument of political persecution, and the restriction of free speech and thought. Unfortunately Oleg was identified as the target of an international arrest warrant, arrested and brought to the prison of Venice, waiting for the extradition procedure to start. We don’t want the Italian justice to send back Oleg to Russia, we want Oleg to be released and free again. We know that Oleg and his family were forced to abandon their homeland because of political persecution, because the Russian Government arrested several members of Voina not liking the message of freedom expressed through their art. Russia is in no way new to the repression of art and freedom of speech. Of course Oleg will face no fair trial if sent back home. Oleg is not alone and currently followed by a lawyer, but now we need the solidarity of all the art and intellectual community around the world. Voina (who were co-curator of the last Berlin Biennale) must be free, Oleg must come back to his partner and his kids!
Dora Garcia (Artist) Oksana Shachko (Founder of Femen, Paris) Pierpaolo Capovilla (Musician, Il Teatro degli orrori) Zerocalcare (Cartoonist) Rene Gabri (Artist) Ayreen Anastas (Artist) Lucy Ash (Presenter, BBC Radio) Andrea Lissoni (Curator, Tate Modern, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca) Daniela Nicolò and Enrico Casagrande (Founders MOTUS, theatre company) Antoine Pickels (Curator and writer - Cifas and other institutions, Brussels) James Benning (Professor, California Insitute for the Arts) Filipa Ramos (Art writer and curator) Lorenzo Tripodi (Urbanist and filmaker) Matteo Pasquinelli (Researcher, Berlin) Antonio Negri (Philosopher) Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna) 16Beaver (Art space, New York) Moahamed Ali Ltaief (Artist) Marco Baravalle (Activist and curator) Tito Faraci (Cartoonist) Claudio Calia (Cartoonist) Darja Stocker (artist) Rima Najdi (Artist) Alessandro Sala (Photographer) Alberto Nerazzini (journalist) Macao (Milano) L’Asilo (Napoli) S.a.L.E.-Docks (Venezia) Li.S.C. (Venezia) Aurora Fonda (Director A+A centro espositivo sloveno) Guglielmo Pagnozzi (Musician) Moulaye Niang (Musician) Federica Camilloni (Artist) Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky (Associate Professor of Intermedia - University of Kentucky) Daria Carmi (Assessore alla cultura, Casale Monferrato) Anna Eckold (Photographer, Berlin) Charlotte David (Coordinator, Cifas, Brussels) Nicolas Trautmann (art director, Paris) Manos Cizek (Actor and director) Fabrizio Arcuri (Founder of Accademia degli artefatti) Francesca Grilli (artist) Alessandro Rossetto (director) Mara Cassani (performer) Roberta da Soller (actress) Andrea Pergolesi Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (founder of the perfoming art project Pathosformel /Aleppo.eu) Emanuela Villagrossi (actress) Marco Menegoni (actor, ANAGOOR) Ilaria Dalle Donne (actress) Big Mike (rapper) Capo c» (rgb writer) Kaya (rgb writer) Monk (rgb writer) Rio Adrenalink (rgb) Manekistefy Adrenalink (tattoo artist) Crez Adrenalink (tattoo artist) Dj Tech Dj rumble Rgb crew Urban code (Writing Crew) Fabrizio Panozzo (Professor) Anna Zerbaro (Curator) Matteo Oleotto (Director) Virginia Sommadossi (Centrale Fies)
Koza: «When we were outside the squat these so called activists blocked our kids Kasper and Mama in the house, barricaded doors and when we came back they attacked me and Oleg with a metall tubes and bricks. I was also beaten from 2 of them by hoes. This things usually used for a plants. Oleg was beaten in a very aggressive form by 10 people to one. He was bleeding and lost consciousness for a while. Then Oleg was transporated to hospital and doctors did on his head the operation - 30 stitches. Then he was transporated to police station where he is now».
So called Anarchist activists exOspizio of Santa Marta consider themselves to move No Tave (http://notavtn.blogspot.it), but really are not.
Koza: «They also kick out our kids to police, gave to police all information about us and kick out all kids stuff from the windows».
We still have no information from the I.R.E. (http://www.irevenezia.it) - the organization who are owner of the building where activists are still living.
We will read a lecture about the political art in Russia: how to live, fight and create new forms without using money. We will show films and photo-documentary about some of the greatest Voina action.
After that - drink belgium beer and fight with the Interpol police which will come to arrest the Voina leaders notorious Vor and Koza as well as their kids - the youngest Voina activists Kasper and Mama.
"I hereby officially declare that Petr Verzilov is not a representative of Pussy Riot and does not have any role in the group whatsoever. Moreover, Petr Verzilov repeatedly violated the core Pussy Riot principle of anonymity. To be precise: he met with journalists and made public appearances without having any right to do so on behalf of Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot can be nothing other than a young woman in a balaclava. All of Petr Verzilov’s appearances in the media on behalf of the group are illegitimate. They were not conducted with our approval as full-fledged members of the group and were conducted with the face uncovered, which violates the idea of anonymity.
In essence, Petr Verzilov has taken over the activities of Pussy Riot in a strange, quasi-fraudulent fashion. As a representative of the group, I am offended by this. I would like to repeat that all future interviews and appearances of Petr Verzilov should be considered illegitimate to the say the least, and should at their worst be considered a lie and a provocation.
Petr Verzilov claims that he gets approval for all of his actions from the group members who are currently incarcerated. That is not the case. These claims are lies. They are lies intended to transfer unto himself the status of Pussy Riot’s legal and principal representative, which in actual fact he is not.
After our arrest, Petr Verzilov has usurped the decision-making and representation of Pussy Riot, as no one could do without violating the ideology of the group as such. That is because a legitimate representative of the group can only be a young woman in a balaclava. Moreover, the position of producer/promoter/organizer cannot be part of an anti-hierarchical punk group. All attempts to take on such a position are a betrayal of punk and of Pussy Riot.
Tolokonnikova N.A. October 11, 2012 Alyokhina M.V. October 11, 2012”
On 25th May an action “Freedom for Taisiya Osipova” was held in the Main Market Square in Krakow. A banner with a portrait of Taisya Osipova “Voina Wanted” was illegally put up in the gallery of Cloth Hall on the Main Market Square, a historical building and a branch of the National Museum in Krakow. The same banner was installed on the top of a giant head of Eros by Igor Mitoraj, an artist, on the Main Market Square. On the same day “Occupy Krakow,” a peaceful gathering on the Main Market Square was illegally dispersed by the local government of Krakow. During the incident, Alexander Łaniewski, an activist and the main character of actions in Krakow, participant in FA Krakow was arrested, along with Marzena Smolna, a participant of FA Black Galicia.
Action “Freedom for Taisiya Osipova!” Krakow, 2012
On 6th June a march of anarchists and social activists was held in Krakow. They protested against detaining hundreds of political prisoners, including the Pussy Riot group, in the prisons of Russia, Belarus and Greece. The protest march was blocked by the police in the historical Wawel Castle, and afterwards continued in the city.
Anarchists were holding the portraits of Taisiya Ospova, Igor Berzyuk, Ruslan Khubayev, Kirill Unchuk and many other political prisoners and were chanting slogans demanding the release of the prisoners of conscience. A. Plutser-Sarno was holding a banner entitled “Madonna Pussi Riot.” Then, an unsanctioned event took place at the National Museum in Krakow.
On 15th June an outrageous protest action took place during the press conference of the ArtBoom Festival. The activists demanded the release of political prisoners, drawing the media attention to the problems of political prisoners, human rights and freedom.
On 19th June a banner with a portrait of a political prisoner Taisiya Osipova was installed in the centre of Krakow, on the facade of “Bunkier Sztuki,” an art centre. On 19th June the Main Market Square plate was covered with a giant banner “Political Prisoners” without authorization.
The banner presented a portrait of Taisiya Osipova and the names of 22 political prisoners from Russia, Belarus and Greece: Taisiya Osipov, Igor Berezjuk, Nikolay Dedok, Alexandr Frantskevich, Ruslan Khubajev, Andrew Mazurek, Alexey Olesinov Igor Olinevich, Artyom Prokopenko, Mikhail Pulin, Olga Shalina, Alexei Sutuga, Pavel Syromolotov, Kirill Unchuk, Jevgenij Vskovich, Pavel Zherebin and many others.
Sometime before, on 18th June a banner with the names of political prisoners was also spread at the entrance to the famous Oskar Schindler’s factory, where an unsanctioned protest was also held.
A press conference and a solidarity action with political prisoners also took place on 25th June at the Ujazdowski Castlein Warsaw. Banners with the portraits of Taisiya Osipova and Oleg Vorotnikov were installed there, too.