Daily Archives: June 16, 2016

USA | Take action: Ukraine must free kidnapped political prisoner Andrei Sokolov!

June 15 marks two months since the disappearance of the famous Russian left activist and political prisoner Andrei Sokolov, who was kidnapped by unknown assailants in Ukraine immediately after his release from the courtroom.

Andrei Sokolov, who comes from a poor family, joined the Russian left movement in the 1990s. In 1997 the young communist, who worked as a baker, was arrested for the first time for destroying a plaque memorializing the Czar’s family. Andrei spent two years in prison, and after his release, he was arrested again in 2000 on suspicion of mining the reception office of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow. The charges were unsubstantiated, but weapons were planted on Sokolov and he was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. When he regained his freedom, the communist began working as a turner [lathe operator], despite the fact that in prison Andrei’s eyesight had greatly weakened. For many years he was under pressure from the Russian authorities, who detained him several times under false pretenses.

Germany | Lieber ganz woanders

Zwei Linke-Abgeordnete laden zum Expertengespräch zur Ostukraine. Und fast alle sind sich einig, wer schuld daran ist, dass der Konflikt weiterschwelt. Nur einer der eingeladenen Teilnehmer widerspricht.

Von Ruth Eisenreich und Cathrin Kahlweit, Berlin

Wer ist schuld daran, dass im Minsk-Prozess und damit in der Ostukraine nichts weitergeht? Im Clara-Zetkin-Saal des Reichstags war man sich auf einer Konferenz, die Abgeordnete der Partei Die Linke in Berlin organisiert hatten, ziemlich einig: Schuld sei die ukrainische Regierung. Eine Mitschuld trügen wohl die USA sowie die EU und Deutschland.