Across the world, anti-war campaigners, trade unionists, political figures, academics, writers and others are speaking out after the arrest of Boris Kagarlitsky in Russia.
Back this statement:
We are writing in protest at the detention of the distinguished Russian anti‑capitalist intellectual and anti-war activist Boris Kagarlitsky on charges of “justifying terrorism”.
His trial will be held in the remote northern town of Syktyvkar in order to prevent effective political protest.
Dr Kagarlitsky was a left‑wing dissident during the late Soviet era and was arrested for “anti-Soviet activities” in 1982.
After the fall of the Soviet Union his prolific writings established him as Russia’s best known critical Marxist.
He has taught at numerous Russian academic institutions, directed the Institute of Globalization Studies and Social Movements, and is an associate of the Transnational Institute. Dr Kagarlitsky’s arrest is no doubt a response to his opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as part of a more general move against the anti-war left.
In June the Russian government declared him a “foreign agent”.
This is absurd. Dr Kagarlitsky has been a forthright critic of the West’s imperialist adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq and a prominent figure in the movement against neoliberal globalisation.
We call on the authorities of the Russian Federation to respect their citizens’ freedom of speech and right to protest and to release Boris Kagarlitsky and all other anti‑war prisoners immediately and unconditionally.
To sign this statement, and see the present signatories, go to chng.it/tFYLHxYbq8
Signatories in the first few days included:
Jeremy Corbyn MP
John McDonnell MP
Claudia Webbe MP
Richard Boyd Barrett TD
Richard Burgon MP
Ken Loach, film director
Michael Rosen, poet and author
Mark Rylance, actor
Tariq Ali, writer
Kevin Courtney, joint General Secretary, NEU (personal capacity)
Etienne Balibar, Université Paris-Nanterre
Richard Bellamy, University College London
Chris Wickham, Universities of Oxford and Birmingham
Jodi Dean, Hobart-William Smith
Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition
Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Shelly Asquith, chair, Stop the War Coalition
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
Alex Callinicos, King’s College London
John Rees, Counterfire
Kohei Saito, University of Tokyo
Kieran Allen, University College Dublin
Kevin B Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Craig Brandist, Sheffield University
Lucia Pradella, King’s College London
David McNally, University of Houston
Paul Le Blanc, La Roche University
Olena Lyubchenko, York University
Ben Fine, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Mark Seddon, University of Buckingham
Lord John Hendy, Barrister
Des Freedman, Goldsmiths, University of London
Vladimir Unkovski-korica, University of Glasgow
Maud Bracke, University of Glasgow
Rebecca Kay, University of Glasgow
Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham
Ashok Kumar, Birkbeck University of London
Jenny Morrison, University of Glasgow
Alexei Penzin, Wolverhampton University
Feyzi Ismail, Goldsmiths, University of London
Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Alfredo Saad Filho, King’s College London
Joseph Choonara, Leicester University
James Foley, Glasgow Caledonian University
Kai Heron, Lancaster University
Waseem Ahmed, University College London
Andrew Murray, Vice-President, Stop the War Coalition
Chris Nineham, Vice-Chair, Stop the War Coalition
Carol Turner, London CND and Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Shabbir Lakha, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Sweta Choudhury, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Shadia Edwards-Dashti, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Jenny Clegg, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Jess Barnard, Labour NEC
Matt Willgress, Editor, Labour Outlook & National Organiser, Arise – A festival of Left Ideas
Doug Henwood, Editor, Left Business Observer
Charlie Kimber, Editor, Socialist Worker
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