Oleg Vorotnikov, member of Voina Art-group, was freed from Venice Prison a few days ago. Even if he is still not completely free (he must present himself at the Venice Police station twice a week), we are very happy that the court rejected the extradition request to Russia. Clearly the mobilization was effective. The petion for the freedom of Oleg collected more than 1000 signatures in few days and the demonstrations of international solidarity convinced the judge not to deliver a cultural and political activist into Putin’s hands. Thanks to anyone who supported our campaign and once more: FREE VOINA!
Tomorrow, August 5, 2014, there will be the second hearing of the process of extradition to Russia for Oleg Vorotnikov. The judge will decide for his freedom with preventive measures or to let him stay in prison.
Paper hanging on the courthouse’ door: “This is not a museum”
Address of the court: San Marco 4041 - Fondamenta della Chiesa
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.