Free Boris Kagarlitsky!

Free Boris Kagarlitsky!

July 28, 2023
Signatures: 1,365Next Goal: 1,500
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Why this petition matters

Started by Tord Björk

Boris Kagarlitsky was arrested in Moscow on July 25, 2023 after being accused by the Russian security service FSB of "justifying terrorism".

Boris Kagarlitsky has been taken to Syktyvkar, the center of the Komi republic in the northeastern European part of Russia. Here the criminal case against him has been opened by the regional department of the FSB. According to information in the press, he is threatened with seven years imprisonment.

Kagarlitsky is a worldwide renown sociologist and peace activist. He was accused and imprisoned already in the times of the Soviet Union as well as in Russia in the time of Yeltsin's presidency. Kagarlitsky has played a central role in peoples  movements internationally, including as a speaker at European Nuclear Disarmament meetings already during the Soviet era. In recent years he also participated at international No to NATO meetings and at meetings for global justice. Through his work Kagarlitsky has contributed to nuclear disarmament and agreements of importance for world peace.

The charge of "justifying terrorism," when raised against one of the most outspoken advocates for cooperation between all social movements and all people in East and West, South and North, is undermining common efforts for world peace.

We call on the Russian authorities to drop their charges and release Boris Kagarlitsky!

Undersigned with title (Professional or member of ..) and country of origin 

This initiative is launched by:

Sergio Bassoli; CGIL, Italy

Matyas Benyik; Attac Hungary, Prague Spring 2 - European network against right-wing extremism and populism

Tord Björk; Member of the Council of International Peace Bureau, Sweden
Member of the International Council of the World Social Forum

Raffaella Bolini; Arci Vice President, Ital

Patrick Bond; Distinguished Professor University of Johannesburg, University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Change, South Africa

Reiner Braun; International Peace Bureau, Germany

Ingeborg Breines; WILPF Norway, former President of the International Peace Bureau and former UNESCO director

Ronald Cameron; editor of Journal des Alternatives – Plateforme altermondialiste, Canada

Oxana Chelysheva, journalist, human rights defender.

Ellie Cijvat; member of Friends of the Earth Sweden

Lisa Clark; Italian Network for Peace and Disarmament

Bernard Dreano; Centre d’études et d’initiatives de solidarité internationale CEDETIM, Paris , France

Ingalill Ek; Kvinnor för fred (Women for Peace), Sweden

Leo Gabriel; Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Intercultural Research and Cooperation in Vienna, Austria, Member of the International Council of the World Social Forum

Joseph Gerson; Ph.D., President, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.

Tommaso Fattori; FCA, Italy

Lucio Gentili; supporter of Attac, Italia

Haris Golemis; Chief Editor of the transform! journal, Greece

Conny Hansson, Co-founder Network for People and Peace, Sweden

Ulla Klötzer; Women for Peace, Finland

Laura Lodenius; Director, Peace Union of Finland

Alessandra Mecozzi, President of Associazione Cultura è Libertà, Italy

Francine Mestrum, Global Social Justice, Belgium

Eva Nikell, Board Member of the National Association of Popular Education in Sweden

Mirek Prokeš, Alliance for Labour and Solidarity, Czechia, Prague Spring 2 - European network against right-wing extremism and populism

Helge Ratzer; The Peace Center in Aarhus, Denmark

Yurii Sheliazhenko, executive secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement

Hasse Schneidermann, Chair of Fredsministerium (Ministry of Peace), Member of Forbyd Atomvåben (Ban Nuclear Weapons) - ICAN in Denmark.

Pertti Simula, Master of Science, psychoanalyst, Helsinki

Oleg Sofyanik, dissident and political prisoner of Soviet era, marathon swimmer, activist of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement.

Jeffrey Sommers, Professor of Political Economy & Public Policy, Senior Fellow Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The US

Hamouda Soubhi, president of FMAS, Marocco

Henning Süssner Rubin, Principal, Kvarnby Folk High School, Malmö, Sweden

Håkan Svenneling, Member of Parliament, Foreign Policy spokesperson for the Left Party, Sweden

Erkki Tuomioja, Ph.D. , former minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland

Marko Ulvila, Author and activist, Tampere, Finland

Karin Utas Carlsson, Ph.D. Peace education, Sweden

Hilary Wainwright, Senior Research Associate Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, the UK, Co- editor Red Pepper magazine

Thomas Wallgren, Professor of Philosophy, Helsinki, Finland

Felipe Van Keirsbilck, Secrétaire Général, CNE - Centrale Nationale des Employés, Belgium

Jan Wiklund, People's Movement Study Group, Editor Gemensam (Common welfare blog), Sweden

Vera Zalka, Peace activist, Hungarian Social Forum, Prague Spring 2 - European network against right-wing extremism and populism 

Tatjana Zdanoka, Ph.D., Movement Internationale "Pour un futur sans Fascisme", Latvia


There is now a new possibility to support the work to help Kagarlitsky legally and his magazine Rabkor. Please make a contribution. 


The funds collected are used to organize the campaign for the release of Boris, cover the expenses for the lawyers and support the Rabkor project created by Boris Kagarlitsky.


Recipient: Kseniia Kagarlitskaia
IBAN: KZ27551B229174998EUR
Beneficiary bank: Freedom bank
INN: 970617050667

Recipient: Kseniia Kagarlitskaia
IBAN: KZ59551B229189461USD
Beneficiary bank: Freedom bank
INN: 970617050667



Moscow Times:
Russian Anti-War Sociologist Charged With 'Justifying Terrorism'

Novaya Gazeta
Sociologist Kagarlitsky sent to pretrial jail on ‘justifying terrorism’ charges


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