Russia: Anarchist antifascist murdered in Samara – Friends and family need your support!

On February 9th, 2012, at 6.30 in the morning in the area of the Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences (FIAN), a janitor found the body of Nikita Kalin, born in 1991. At 8.00 police arrived, and at 11.00 the cops finally contacted the mother of the murdered. According to his mother, Nikita was stabbed 61 times; besides this, his ribs were fractured multiple times, and head was wounded as well. Nothing was stolen from the deceased.

Currently, a suspect for the murder is held, as Nikita’s blood was found on clothes of this arrested person. It is obvious that Nikita was attacked by a group. Police also told to the mother (off the record) that the detained suspect is a national socialist activist (neo-Nazi), who refuses to name any other suspects or accomplices. Despite the murder’s brutality, investigation has still not questioned neither Nikita’s mother, nor his friends, and in particular the companion that was the last person who saw him. Due to this fact, we presume that authorities will attempt to cover up the case, as it often happens in Russia.

Nevertheless, the suspect has already hired a lawyer. We fear that police investigation is already working in defense of the arrestee’s interests, thus your support is necessary. At this point, a human rights organization has provided a lawyer to the family, but funds are still needed for funeral costs. Nikita was from a simple working class family, and never hid his antifascist and anarchist views. If you want to help his friends and family to raise funeral costs, you may donate to Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow, here.

Nikita in a local meeting against election fraud, holding a placard reading: ‘We don’t need any authority! Freedom or death! Our candidate is self-governance!’