Sevastopol anarchist who exposed tortures flees Russia

Sevastopol anarchist who exposed tortures flees Russia
Aleksey Shestakovich

According to Shestakovich, during a four-hour search, he was beaten in the nose, chest, and throat. He spent all this time lying on the floor in his underwear, with a bag on his head and in handcuffs.

Leftist activist from Sevatopol Aleksey Shestakovich, who exposed tortures by law enforcers during his detention on March 1, has left Russia, Novaya Gazeta reports.

Earlier, Shestakovich wrote on his Facebook account that he had submitted allegations of torture, to which he was subjected by the FSB officers during searches, to the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

March 1, security officials searched the homes of Sevastopol participants in the anarchist movement – Aleksey Prisyazhnyuk, Artem Vorobyev, Igor Panyuta, Ivan Markov, and Aleksey Shestakovich.

According to Shestakovich, during the four-hour search, he was beaten in the nose, chest and throat. He spent all this time lying on the floor in his underwear, with a bag on his head, and in handcuffs. The activist’s mother tried to close the entrance door, because it was cold in the apartment, but the siloviki kicked her out.

“My boots came off, as they had previously removed the laces. They pinched the bag on my head, the air ran out, and I began to suffocate. I tried to breathe in, but they tightened the grip even more. It lasted for ten or twenty minutes. At this time, they raised my hands behind my back by the handcuffs, twisting them, and said “Shout ‘I’m an animal!’”. And I shouted, and they released me. They slowly turned my thumb, it is now stumped,” Shestakovich told Mediazona.

After that, as reported by OVD-Info, the Leninsky District Court of Sevastopol arrested Shestakovich for 11 days, charging him with Art. 20.29 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses (Production and Dissemination of Extremist Materials) for posting two songs – Ubivay Kosmonavtov (‘Kill the astronauts’) and Sinagoga (‘Synagogue’) by the band Ansambl Khrista Spasitelya i mat’ syra zemlya, included in the list of extremist materials of the Ministry of Justice.

Aleksey Shestakovich is currently in the Ukrainian city of Kherson. According to Sevas, he plans to obtain a biometric passport for traveling abroad.

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