Release Russian Political Prisoners: Please Support and Sign this International Appeal.

Updated: Feb 12

9 February 2021


This urgent appeal was written in collaboration with activists and intellectuals living in Russia.

Would you be willing to sign it? Please send to the address given, with the information requested. (After the list of signatures.)


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 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 - PSOL São Paulo state owned company 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

Britain 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

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 Internationale, 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 Roland Mérieux, Commission internationale d’Ensemble! J-F Pellissier, Porte-parole d’ENSEMBLE!

Germany Loren Balhorn, Editor, Jacobin.DE Jakob Schäfer, ISO, Fourth International

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, historian

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

Philippines 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, Fourth 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, Fourth 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

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)

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

France Le Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF) Union syndicale Solidaires ENSEMBLE! (Mouvement pour une Alternative de Gauche, Ecologiste et Solidaire)

Morocco Courant Al Mounadil-a

Mexico Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores, PRT Coordinadora Socialista Revolucionaria de México, CSR

Spanish state Anticapitalistas, IV Internacional

Switzerland SolidaritéS

USA Socialist Action socialistaction.org Solidarity https://solidarity-us.org/ International Marxist-Humanist Organization www.imhjojournal.org

Venezuela Liga Unitaria Chavista Socialista (LUCHAS)

International Fourth International

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