Free Boris Kagarlitsky!

Free Boris Kagarlitsky!

30 July 2023
Signatures: 2,617Next Goal: 5,000
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Started by Alex Callinicos

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 globalization. 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.
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We would also like to draw your attention to another statement, produced by Russians associated with those close politically and personally to Boris Please sign it as well.
Initial Signatories
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)
Brian Eno, musician
Lin Chun, London School of Economics
Fredric Jameson, Duke University
Etienne Balibar, Université Paris-Nanterre
Richard Bellamy, University College London
Chris Wickham, Universities of Oxford and Birmingham
Jodi Dean, Hobart-William Smith
Zhiyuan Cui, Tsinghua University
Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition 
Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Shelley 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
David Jamieson, Conter Editor
Liz Wheatley, UNISON NEC (Chair International Committee) pc (Britain)
Tony Wilson, UNISON NEC (Vice-Chair International Committee) pc (Britain)
Alex Kenny,  NEU NC (pc) (Britain)
Richard McEwan UCU NEC (FEC Vice Chair) (Britain)
Carlo Morelli UCU NEC & Honorary Secretary UCU Scotland (Britain)
Regine Pilling UCU NEC (Britain)
Sean Wallis, UCU NEC & University College London UCU branch secretary (Britain)
Matt Perry UCU NEC (Britain)
Marianne Owens, PCS NEC (Britain)
Pete Jackson, PCS NEC (Britain)
Paul Williams, PCS NEC (Britain)
Mark Dee Smith, Luton TUC (Britain)
Saira Weiner LJMU Branch Secretary Chair of North West Region HE Committee & Vice Chair North West Region (Britain)
Graham Kirkwood, Newcastle University, UCU branch casework coordinator (Britain)
Ross Maidment, IWGB Charity Worker
Petros Konstantinou, Athens municipal councilor, KEERFA
Panos Garganas, Editor, Workers Solidarity, Greece
Maria Styllou, Editor, Socialism from Below, Greece
Haris Golemis, Chief Editor of Transform Journal
Thanasis Diavolakis, Piraeus municipal councillor
Katerina Thoidou, Nikaia municipal councillor
Eirinaios Marakis, Chania municipal councillor
Nicholas J. Theocarakis, Professor of Political Economy, University of Athens
Dimitris Christopoulos, Professor of Politics and History, Panteio University of Athens
Nikos Stravelakis, Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Athens
Dimitris Zotos, civil action lawyer in Golden Dawn trial
Stelios Foteinopoulos, London-based Greek activist, campaigner and European Union affairs analyst
Christos Argyris, member of the General Council of Public Workers Confederation, (ADEDY)
Zanneta Lysikatou, member of the General Council, of the Federation of Hospital Workers, (POEDHN)
Argiri Erotokritou, member of the General Council, of the Federation of Hospital doctors, (OENGE)
Kostas Katarahias, member of the steering committee, Athens and Piraeus Hospital Doctors union, (EINAP)
Katerina Patrikiou, president, health workers union, Athens cancer hospital Aghios Savvas
Maria Charcharidou, member of the steering committee, health workers union, G. Genimatas Hospital, Athens
Nikos Hatzaras, secretary, local government workers union, Ampelokipi, Greater Salonica
Alexandros Martzoukos, member of the steering committee,  Actors Union of Greece, (SHE)
Petros  Pomonis, member of the steering committee of  the union of  workers on public TV (PSYPERT)
Nektarios Dargakis, member of the mixed Council of Journalist’s Union of Athens (ESIEA)

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Signatures: 2,617Next Goal: 5,000
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