International appeal for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Russia


  • February 10, 2021
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This urgent appeal has been written in collaboration with activists and intellectuals living in Russia. If you are willing to sign it please send your signature by email to polsolidaritycall@gmail.com.

 

At the end of January 2021, a wave of mass protests swept through all of Russia’s major cities. The occasion for these protests was the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but the genuine cause was the enormous social inequality and political disenfranchisement prevailing in the country. Not all of those who took to the streets were supporters of Navalny, but they were all united by a desire for social and political change and a fatigue with the corrupt, authoritarian regime ruling Russia today.

 

Peaceful protesters faced unprecedented (even for Putin’s Russia) police brutality: in a few days, over 10,000 people were arrested, many of them beaten on arrest. A climate of fear was created in the country: students who participated in the rallies have been expelled from universities, teachers who sympathized with them have lost their jobs, and school students have been intimidated for voicing their political stance.

 

While we disagree with Navalny’s pro-capitalist orientation, which on this point is not different from that of Putin’s regime and represents no real social and democratic alternative, we demand the immediate release of Alexei Navalny and all political prisoners, and stand in solidarity with all those in Russia who are fighting for social and environmental justice and fundamental democratic rights.

 

Argentina

 

Nicolás del Caño, Deputy PTS/FIT

Myriam Bregman, Deputy PTS/FIT

Martín Mosquera, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires & editor, Jacobin Latin America https://jacobinlat.com/
Nora Ciapponi, militante, candidate in 1973 as vice president of the Nation for el Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores.
Eduardo Lucita, Economistas de Izquierda (EDI)

 

Australia

 

Federico Fuentes, journalist

Mick Armstrong, Socialist Alternative

Susan Engel, Associate Professor, Politics & International Studies

 

Belgium

 

Yannis Thanassekos, ex-director of Fondation Auschwitz (1983-2010)

Eric Toussaint, PhD University Liège and Paris VIII, spokesperson CADTM international

Mateo Alaluf, Sociologue, professeur émérite de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles ULB

Corinne Gobin, Professeure à l’Université libre de Bruxelles

Lucien Perpette, ex shop steward FGTB metal, militant IV International

Christine Pagnoulle, Université de Liège, ATTAC Liège

Jean-Marie Chauvier, journalist, ex permanent correspondant Drapeau Rouge (Red Flag) in Moscow

Jean Delval, Editions du Cerisier

Danièle Ricaille, Editions du Cerisier

Mauro Gasparini, Gauche anticapitaliste – SAP

Bernard Duterme, director CETRI – Centre tricontinental

Willy Estersohn, ex-journalist

 

Brazil

Fernanda Melchionna, Federal Deputy of the PSOL Rio Grande do Sul

Roberto Robaina, Member of Municipal Council/Vereador of Porto Alegre/Brazil, National Direction of PSOL

Gustavo Seferian, Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Director of ANDES-SN

Israel Dutra, responsible for international relations of the PSOL

Sâmia Bomfim – federal diputada PSOL São Paulo

Vivi Reis – federal diputated PSOL Pará

David Miranda – federal diputate PSOL Rio de Janeiro

Luciana Genro – PSOL state diputada Rio Grande do Sul

Mônica Seixas –  deputy PSOL state of São Paulo

Sandro Pimentel – PSOL Rio Grande do Norte state diputado

Fábio Félix – PSOL district diputado Distrito Federal

Luana Alves – concejala PSOL São Paulo/SP

Mariana Conti – concejala PSOL Campinas SP

Josemar Carvalho – concejal PSOL Saint Gonçalo/RJ

Jurandir Silva – concejal PSOL Pelotas/RS

Max Costa – Secretary of Human Rights of Belém/PA

Mariana Riscali – National Secretariat of Finance of PSOL

Zeneide Lima – National PSOL Executive

Leandro Recife – National PSOL Executive

Pedro Fuentes – International PSOL Observatory

Bruno Magalhães – International PSOL Observatory

Danilo Serafim – Union of Educators and Professionals of Education of Rio de Janeiro (SEPE/RJ)

Paulo Neves – State Union of Teachers of São Paulo (APEOESP)

Ana Borguin – Union of Metroviarios of São Paulo

Luan Badia – Federation of University Workers (FASUBRA)

Camila Souza – Youth Movement Together!

Maurício Costa – Red Emancipa de Educación Popular

Nathalie Drumond – Movimiento de Mujeres Juntas!

Paula Kaufmann -Movimiento de Mujeres Juntas!

Tiago Aguiar – Editor of the Movement Magazine

 

Canada

 

Michael A. Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University

David Mandel, professor, Université du Québec à Montréal

M V Ramana, Professor, University of British Columbia.

Haideh Moghissi, Emerita Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto

Saeed Rahnema, Professor (retired) Political Science and Public Policy, York University

Ronald Cameron, Plateforme altermondialiste

 

Croatia

Srecko Horvat, Diem25

Dimitrije Birac, Subversive Festival, Zagreb.

 

Ecuador

Fernando López Romero, Movimiento Revolucionario de los Trabajadores -Ecuador –MRT

Carlos Rojas, MRT

 

France

Gérard Chaouat, immunologist, Ensemble

Patrick Silberstein, Éditeur, Editions Syllepse

Pierre Cours-Salies,  Sociologue. Professeur émérite, membre d’Ensemble !

Pierre Rousset, Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF)

Franck Gaudichaud, Professeur des universités, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Christine Poupin, porte-parole du Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste

Karine Clément, Sociologue, CNRS

Catherine Samary, économiste altermondialiste, IV Internationale

Serle Le Quéau, syndicaliste

Olivier Besancenot, NPA

Jan Malewski, Responsable de la rédaction d’Inprecor, http://www.inprecor.fr

Josette Trat, Sociologue féministe

Claude Calame, Directeur d’études Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Penelope Duggan, International Viewpoint, IV International, https://internationalviewpoint.org/

Michèle Leclerc-Olive, chercheure CNRS (retraitée) et Présidente de CIBELE

Bruno Della Sudda, autogestionnaire et altermondialiste, ex-conseiller municipal de Nice – Ensemble!

Didier Epsztajn, animateur du blog « entre les lignes entre les mots »

Stefan Bekier, interprète de conférence, membre de la Commission internationale d’Ensemble!

Christian Mahieux, syndicaliste SUD-Rail |Union syndicale Solidaires], éditeur (Syllepse)

Henri Mermé, coordinateur de la commission internationale d’Ensemble !

Nicole Abravanel, historienne

Gustave Massiah, fondateur du CEDETIM

Christophe Aguiton, militant altermondialiste, ex secrétaire général d’ATTAC

Gilles Manceron, historien

Martine Boudet didacticienne, membre du Conseil scientifique d’Attac France

Daniel Guerrier, éditeur des Editions Spartacus

Pedro Vianna, poète, homme de théâtre, enseignant universitaire

Marie-Claude Herboux, Militante d’Ensemble!

Ugo Palheta, membre de la rédaction de la revue Contretemps, membre IV internationale

Léon Crémieux, IV Internationale

Patrick Farbiaz,   PEPS_ Pour une Ecologie Populaire et Sociale

Bénédicte Monville, PEPS- Conseillere régionale

Sergio Coronado,  PEPS , ancien député

Jean Malifaud, Syndicaliste SNESUP-FSU

Hubert Krivine, physicien

Monique Dental, Présidente Réseau Féministe « Ruptures »

Alexis Cukier, Philosophe, Attac, CGT Ferc Sup

Nicole Fouché, Vice-présidente de REFH

Jef Pellissier, Porte-parole d’Ensemble!

Pierre Khalfa, Fondation Copernic

Evelyne Perrin, syndicaliste

Gérard Filoche, porte-parole de la Gauche démocratique et sociale

Eric Thouzeau, conseiller régional GDS des Pays de la Loire

Frank Mintz, anarchosyndicaliste, CNT-Solidarité ouvrière

André Rosevègue, Militant girondin multicarte

Yves Quintal, associatif enseignant membre d’Ensemble

Antoine Pécard

Pierre Khalfa, Fondation Copernic

Roland Mérieux, Commission internationale d’Ensemble!

J-F Pellissier, Porte-parole d’ENSEMBLE!

 

Germany

Loren Balhorn, Editor, Jacobin.DE

Jakob Schäfer, ISO, IV internationale

 

Greece

Antonis Ntavanelos, DEA

Yorgos Mitralias, Journalist

Tassos Anastassiadis, journalist, Magazine “4” & Synantissi (for an Anticapitalist Internationalist Left) https://tpt4.org/

 

Italy

Roberto Savio, Othernews

 

India

Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor, University of Delhi

Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature and Russian/ Soviet History specialist, Jadavpur University

Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

Sushovan Dhar, CADTM-India

Soumya Sahin, Associate Professor of Economics, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Pratip Nag, Radical Socialist, IV International

Manoj Bhattacharya, General Secretary, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), former Member of Parliament

 

Ireland

Paul Murphy, TD, Member of the Irish parliament, RISE, www.letusrise.ie

 

Japan

Tsutomu Teramoto, ATTAC Japan

 

Kenya

David Otieno, Kenyan Peasants League

 

Luxemburg

Justin Turpel, ancien député Dei Lenk-La Gauche

David Wagner, Député de déi Lénk – La Gauche

 

Martinique

Philippe Pierre Charles, Groupe Révolution Socialiste, IV internationale
Rita Bonheur présidente de l’union des femmes de la Martinique
Gilbert Pago, historien

 

Morocco

Aziz Rhali, Forum Social Mondial de la santé et de la sécurité sociale

Omar Aziki, ATTAC-CADTM Maroc, membre du Secrétariat international partagé du CADTM

Fatima Zahra EL Belghiti, Secrétaire générale d’Attac-Cadtm Maroc, membre du Secrétariat international partagé du CADTM

 

Netherlands

Alex de Jong, co-director IIRE www.iire.org

 

México

Edgard Sánchez, Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores (PRT)

Pedro Manuel Acosta Granado, Investigador de Ciencias Médicas, PRT, Ciencia para el Pueblo

José Luis Hernández Ayala, Coordinadora Socialista Revolucionaria de México

 

Poland

Stefan Zgliczyński, director,”Le Monde diplomatique (Poland)

Roland Zarzycki, profesor university

 

Phillipines

Walden Bello, PhD Adjunct Professor of Sociology State University of New York at Binghamton

 

Puerto Rico

Rafael Bernabe, Senador en el gobierno de Puerto Rico

Antonio Garcia Padilla, former president of University of Puerto Rico

Jorge E Lefevre Tavárez, Democracia Socialista

Manuel A Rodriguez Banchs, abogado

 

Serbia

Aleksandar Matković, Institute for Economic Sciences, Belgrade

Senegal

Mamadou Mignane Diouf, Coordonnateur du Forum social sénégalais Dakar

 

South Africa

Brian Ashley, AIDC & editor Amandla magazine

Patrick Bond, Professor, University of the Western Cape School of Government

Charles Abrahams, Lawyer

 

Spanish State

 

Miguel Urban, Member of the European Parliament, member of Anticapitalistas in the Spanish State, IV International

Manuel Gari, Economist Ecosocialist

Raúl Camargo, Anticapitalistas

Jesus Uzkudun Illarramendi, Sindicalista y miembro de ASVIAMIE (Asociación de victimas del Amianto) País Vasco

Alfons Bech, sindicalista de Comisiones Obreras, CCOO

Jordi Armadans, director FundiPau

Teresa Rodríguez Rubio, diputada en el Parlamento de Andalucía

José Ignacio García Sánchez, diputado en el Parlamento de Andalucía

Ángela Aguilera Clavija, diputada en el Parlamento de Andalucía

Concejales:

Leonor Rodríguez Salcedo, concejala Adelante Algeciras

David Rodríguez Alhambra, concejal de Sanlúcar de Barrameda

 

Sri Lanka

Dharmasiri Lankapeli,  Federation of Media Employees’   Trade  Unions

Linus Jayatilake, United Federation of Labour

Niel Wijethilake, Left Voice, IV International

 

Sweden

Andreas Malm, Associate professor in human ecology

Kjell Östberg, Professor in Contemporary History, Södertörn University

Lars Henriksson, Auto worker and trade unionist

Eva Nikell, specialist in human rights

 

Switzerland

Stéfanie Prezioso, Conseillère nationale (MP), Ensemble à Gauche

Sébastien Bertrand, SolidaritéS

Paolo Gilardi, historien & militant

Charles-André Udry, https://alencontre.org/

Jocelyne Haller, députée au Grand conseil genevois, Ensemble à Gauche- solidaritéS)

Juan Tortosa, CADTM Suisse

 

Tunisia

Ahlem Belhadj, pédopsychiatre & féministe

Olfa Lamloum, chercheur

 

UK

Julie Ward, National Committee member Another Europe Is Possible & Former Labour Member of European Parliament

Costas Lapavitsas, University of London

Tariq Ali, writer

Gilbert Achcar, Professor, SOAS, University of London

Michael Roberts, marxist economist, https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/

Alex Callinicos, Emeritus Professor of European Studies, King’s College London

Dr Neil Faulkner FSA, Archaeologist and Historian

Simon Pearson, Anti-capitalist Resistance

Mike Phipps, member of the editorial board of  labourbriefing.org

Andrew Kilmister, Editor, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe

 

USA

Noam Chomsky, Professor (emeritus) MIT; Professor U. of Arizona

Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics Saint Mary’s College of California

Robert Brenner,  professor emeritus of history and director of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA (California)

Vivek Chibber, Professor of sociology at New York University & Editor, Catalyst : A Journal of Theory and Strategy

Enzo Traverso, historian & Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities, Cornell University.

Jeff Mackler National Secretary Socialist Action; Steering Committee Assangedefense.org

Todd Chretien, editor, No Borders News

Paul Le Blanc, Professor of History, La Roche University, Pittsburgh, PA

David Adler, Progressive International
John Leslie, National Committee, Socialist Resurgence US
Dan Piper  Socialist Resurgence US Candidate for State Representative, Connecticut)

Dianne Feeley, labor activist (UAW Local 235)

Ashley Smith, member of The Democratic Socialists of America and National Writers Union

Dan La Botz, writer

Frieda Afary, Producer of Iranian Progressives in Translation

Nancy Holmstrom, Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Rutgers University – Newark

Peter Hudis, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College

Kevin Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Danny Postel, Member, Internationalism from Below

Howie Hawkins, Presidential candidate for Green Party, 2020

Margaret Guttshall, National Writers Union (NWU)

Wayne Heimbach, Retired Trade Union Representative

Samuel Farber, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Brooklyn College of CUNY.

Alan Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Danny Postel, United States Member, Internationalism from Below

 

Venezuela

Stalin Pérez Borges, Liga Unitaria Chavista Socialista (LUCHAS)

Organisations

 

France

Le Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA)

Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF)

Union syndicale Solidaires

ENSEMBLE! (Mouvement pour une Alternative de Gauche, Ecologiste et Solidaire)

 

Maroc

Courant Al Mounadil-a

Mexico

Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores, PRT

Coordinadora Socialista Revolucionaria de México, CSR

 

Spain

Anticapitalistas, IV Internacional

 

Switzerland

SolidaritéS

UK

Anti-capitalist resistance https://www.anticapitalistresistance.org/

USA

Socialist Action socialistaction.org

Solidarity https://solidarity-us.org/

International Marxist-Humanist Organization www.imhjojournal.org

Venezuela

Liga Unitaria Chavista Socialista (LUCHAS)

International

IV International

 

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