So a couple of days ago, a group of seven Russian antifa were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 6-18 years. They are accused of having set up a terrorist cell called the Network (Set’) and having planned to commit terrorist attacks to disrupt the World Cup and Presidential elections in 2018. In the event, they don’t appear to have gotten much farther than their leader, Dmitry Pchelintsev who attempted to set a military commissariat in Penza alight with Molotov cocktails. (Incidentally, Pchelintsev shares his surname with a Tsarist-era Russian anarchist-terrorist, and the Network was allegedly set up in 2015 on the anniversary of his execution in 1907). In raids on their apartments, firearms, grenades, and a bucket of explosives precursors were discovered, as well as copies of anarchist literature and Marx’s Capital (which the based judge ordered destroyed “on account of having no value”).
Their supporters, which include Navalny, claim that the Network was a fictive organization, that their confessions were extracted by torture, and that the weapons and firearms were planted.
I obviously don’t claim to know the truth of the case. But what I did notice is the biography of one of the figurants, Arman Sagynbaev. He is like a walking antifa stereotype, and I don’t just mean the physiognomy. He has a mystery meat background – while the mother is Russian (“Elena Strigina”), his full name suggests a Kazakh/Kyrgyz father (patronymic: Dauletovich). He appears to have become an anarchist after some nationalist Chads beat him up in high school. He was a vegan and ran some kind of vegan food business in Saint-Petersburg. And he was in the third stage of HIV.
A gift that he apparently felt compelled far and wide amidst his antifa thots, one of whom, Zlata, was 14 years old during her relationship with Arman.
Six of these women even started up a website to make him more famous:
We are six women: Yasna Iskhaki, Anna Topchilova, Zhenya from Novosibirsk, Arina, Zlata and Augusta (name changed) and we decided to talk about our relationship experiences with a prisoner of the “Network case” – Arman Sagynbaev.
The purpose of our publication: to warn women about what Arman is capable of with regard to women. Now Arman communicates with a large number of women by correspondence, tries to build relationships with them, offers to become a wife and have intimacy. This means that he will be able to use violence against these women, break their fates, squeeze everything out of them, and transmit one of them HIV without her knowledge and consent (in case of marriage, but he actively proposes marriage).
We want other women to know what kind of person he is. When Arman will leave the prison, he will be in the status of a victim of the regime, which for many women automatically means full confidence in him as a person and as a partner. We want people to know not only that he suffered from the regime, but also about his victims.
If you, just like us, want to stop Arman’s violence against women, then please share the link to this site with our stories. Only information can help those with whom Arman is chatting now, not to become his next victim. We are sure that if a law against domestic violence existed in Russia, the victims of Arman would be more protected from his threats, violence, and persecution. We hope that our stories will be another argument that we need a law, we need security orders.
Trigger warning: sexual and physical violence, sadistic coercive sex, HIV infection, sex with a minor, humiliation, suicide, attempted drowning, blackmailing with homemade porn, recording porn without the consent of the partner.
In the event, he was the only one of the anarchists not to dispute the weapons charges, and also ended up getting the lightest sentence of six years.
What is however rather instructive is that none of the Western media coverage of the case mentioned these specifics about Arman Sagynbaev, the Simon Mol of Russia’s anarchists (a Cameroonian GRIDS-riddled “refugee” who sidled his way into Polish antifa/anti-racism movements and literally pozzed dozens of Polish leftists). This is something that can’t be said even for some anti-Kremlin Russian publications such as Meduza, which did cover the Sagynbaev story in a lengthy issue in November 2019 (notably, in its Russian language version, not the English one). But I suppose that all that brouhaha about “Believe Women” be damned when it interferes in the holy war against PUTLER.
OK, come to think of it, there is at least one exception. I wonder how many articles The Guardian has ever published condemning the jailing of Russian nationalists on (mostly spurious) “hate speech” offenses under Article 282, let alone describing their sentences as “monstrous”. I guess somewhere in the region of zero.