By Ximena Krasnaya
Our comrade, communist Andrei Sokolov, has been in a Ukrainian prison for more than a year.
The next session of his trial will be held on March 11. He is accused of “creating a terrorist organization” (Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, for which he may be sentenced to between 8 and 15 years in prison).
|Andrei Sokolov in prison, January 2016.|
On Wednesday March 2, Ukrainian authorities began moving him to the court for the next session of the trial, scheduled for Friday, March 11, in Berdyansk, Zaporozhye region, a town on the Sea of Azov, 60 km from Mariupol (eastern Ukraine). The transfer is being carried out in stages, although he could be brought directly through Zaporozhye, or they could try him somewhere closer.
Andrei was arrested at a Ukrainian checkpoint on December 16, 2014, which the prosecution does not even list as the place of detention. For 13 days he was held in a basement illegally, where he was repeatedly tortured. He was officially arrested later, on December 29, 2014, in Mariupol, in the building of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine). “This is already a basis to cancel all the charges,” says Andrei.
Andrei is a convinced communist, a revolutionary and opponent of the Yeltsin and Putin regimes. In Russia, he spent a total of nine years in prison for political reasons. It is for this reason that, as a true person of the left, he strongly supported the insurrection in Donbass from the beginning.
Please support Andrei and disseminate information about his trial.
Long live socialist Novorossiya!
Freedom to Andrei Sokolov and all political prisoners!
Down with the fascist government in Kiev!
Translated by Greg Butterfield