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Police Raid Collective Farm Novy Put

Police Raid Collective Farm Novy Put

by Krog, Autonomous Action

From Anarkismo

The collective farm "Novy Put'" ("New Way") is located in
village Bochevo, 270 km far from Saint Petersburg in
Boksitogorsk District of Leningrad region near the border of
Novgorod region, 30 km away from the district center that is
Boksitogorsk. The nearest store is situated 10 km far from
the farm. The nearby road is not asphalted. The collective
farm is an anarchist commune and an ecological settlement.

On April 17th, 2006 at 17 PM approximately the collective
farm was visited by three local policemen led by
detective-in-chief Petrov. The policemen were looking for
two anarchists who had come to the collective farm to take
part in the agricultural works. However, there was only one
anarchist in the collective farm at the time, because the
other one had left two days before. The policemen informed
the anarchist in a straight manner that their visit is
connected with the future G8 summit in Saint Petersburg.

They demanded from anarchist to take a black flag off the
roof of the building, proclaiming that "Some locals may
understand it wrong way and burn down the house". It's
necessary to note, that communarians have good relationship
with local citizens. Thus the anarchist understood that as a
threat from the cops and agreed to take off the flag in
order not to let down the farm's owners (note: the
conversation between the anarchist and the cops passed
without any witnesses). Then the cops demanded if anarchists
had any of their literature or periodicals on the farm.

After the anarchist refused to answer this question, cops,
without any warrant or sanction from public prosecutor,
broke into the house and confiscated the collection of
anarchist periodicals dating from 1992 to 2006. After that,
the periodicals were taken to the side of the road on the
eyes of the communarians. Then the periodicals were burned
along with the flag. The communarians tried to prevent this
act of despotism, but the policemen demonstrated their guns
and threatened to gun down the farm dogs. The cops also told
that if anarchists would erect the black flag again, they
will get imprisoned for 15 days. After an objection about
illegality of their actions, one of policemen declared, that
"no law is written for them". It is also important to note,
that along with burned documents there was some part of
private correspondence of one of the communarians with Dutch
comrade Bas Morel. Part of the obliterated documentation had
nothing to do with anarchism and politics in a whole.
After making sure that the documents were fully obliterated,
the cops left. Immediately one of communarians sent writs to
local court, office of public prosecutor and to the head of
local police.April 21, 2006 the farm was again visited by group of
policemen, this time there were just two cops. They checked
the documents of the communarians and demanded if on the
farm there was any literature of anti-Semitic (sic!)
content. After that, the anarchist that still was on the
farm was taken into local department of internal affairs
(about 30 km from the farm). An official ground for
detention was lack of registration, that they claimed to be
"essential" for living in Boksitogorsk district and checking
if the anarchist is wanted by the police -- that, as they
put it, couldn't be carried out on the spot. It's necessary
to note, that the laws about registration are most often
ignored everywhere but Moscow, St. Petersburg and other big
cities in Russia. The anarchist spent about 2 hours in the
department. There his fingerprints were filed and he was
photographed. The anarchist had to write a document about
why he was staying in the district and the events that took
plate at 17th of April. Then he was questioned by the head
of the Boksitogorsk police and an officer of FSB -- the only
one in the area.

Members of defence and law enforcement agencies were
interested in the political views of the detained comrade,
anarchist and anti-fascist movement of St. Petersburg, "Novy
Put" farm, goals of anarchists there and occupations of the
communarians. They also tried to accuse the detained in
"calls for violent removal of the constitutional government"
because of publications in anarchist newspaper "Novy Svet".
Here it is necessary to note, that anarchists never spread
their propaganda among the local citizens. All the
publications they brought were kept in the communal library
and have archival value. After all, the police couldn't
accuse the anarchist due to lack of corpus delicti. They had
to release the detained. Head of the police warned, that if
anarchist would start any agitation among local citizens,
their commune would be visited by the police every day. On
his way back to farm the anarchist met his comrade from St.
Petersburg, that brought a new flag. Thus, this evening a
black flag was flying over the farm again.

The communarians are interested in spreading this
information among both anarchists and alterglobalists (the
incident is straightly connected with G8 summit in St.
Peterburg) and general public in the West. Police raid
against a commune that focuses on peaceful labor is just one
of examples of insubstantialness of Russian "democracy",
which should discriminate both Russian government and G8 in
a whole. One should take in account that Russian anarchists,
due to their small numbers and lack of vital resources are
not able to effectively fight police regime on their own.
Addresses for letters of protest:

Leningrad district Office of Public Prosecutor: 194044,

Lesnoy ave. 20/12, St. Petersburg, Russia; tel. +7(812)5420245

General Office of Public Prosecutor of Russian Federation,
North-West Department: 190000, Angliyskaya embankment, 16,
St. Petersburg, Russia; tel. +7(812)3139358 fax. +7(812)3149736

General Office of Public Prosecutor of Russian Federation :
125993, B.Dmitrovka 15a, Moscow, Russia; tel. +7(812)2916066