Statement of Support from Angelika Litvinova

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Statement of Support from Angelika Litvinova

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Article Supporting Irina from Russian Website Politota [TRANSLATION PENDING]

Лондон, Ирина Путилова: не допустить депортации

Известно, когда человек уезжает из России после угроз Центра “Э”, возвращаться ему опасно. Особенно если это активистка со стажем, пускай и молодая, но уже получавшая очень недвусмысленные угрозы от полицейских–эшников. Особенно если участвовала в акциях известной группы “Война” и на нее из–за этого открыли уголовное дело, как любит делать СК по поводу и без повода. Особенно если, не скрываясь, участвует в ЛГБТ–движении. Особенно если в прошлом году одному ее знакомому, после аналогичных угроз центра “Э”, “неизвестные” сломали ноги в темном питерском переулке. И вот уезжает, вернее, бежит такой человек в Англию, в Лондон. И там отнюдь не погрязает в быте, а еще активнее берется за разные полезные дела: помогает людям в беде, протестует против полицейского насилия, создает с друзьями социальный центр. Вот здесь некоторые ее путевые заметки. Обстоятельства жизни бывают разными. Но в данном случае человек очевидно находит свое, подлинное место, в кругу людей, близких ему по взглядам и готовности что–то сделать для других.

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Statement of Support From Leonid Gegen, Russian Activist and Friend of Irina.

As a person who for long time lived in the same space with Irina Putilova, I know the her sitation very well. Ira is one of the member of Voina art-group. Two of girls from this group now imprisoned in Russia, some other people forced to leave the country or living in a deep underground, being not able to move somewhere. I am pretty sure that same – I mean immideate arrest –  will happen with Ira just when she ll arrive to any russian airport. Once russian police officers tried arrest her. Also should be known, that Irina  were regulary recieving letters with threatings from officers of anti-extremist department – kind of political police in Russia. Threatings mean promising to kill her, break her legs, different kind of abuses etc. Several time she recived direct phone calls from police officers with threatings. Its clear, that Irina leaved the country because it was extremely dangerous for her to stay here, because she was oppresed for her political activity, which includes fighting for LGBTQ-rights.

Live of open LGBTQ-people, especially of activists, in Russia is more looks like nightmare. Dont forget, that since this year we have discrimination law against LGBTQ, which prohibid so called “LGBT-propaganda”, but in fact used just for opressing LGBT-activists. Dont forget about several homofobic murders, which happen this year in different russian cities. Dont forget about thousands of neonazis, far-right activists, official politicans, who making difficulties, and most of the time attack any, any LGBTQ-event, whatever it is – demonstration or film screening in smal bar.

Dont forget about it. Irina have right for political asylum. Otherwise she will faced with homofobic violence and repressions in Russia.

Leonid Gegen, artist, LGBTQ-activist

Statement of Support from Catherine Owen, PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Exeter,

Statement of Support from Catherine Owen, PhD Candidate, University of Exeter

I have known Irina Putilova for several years. We lived together in St Petersburg.  Irina worked hard in Russia for freedom of artistic and political expression; her energy, creativity and dedication were a real inspiration to me. However, during this time, I witnessed first-hand how she was followed and sent death threats by members of the Centre Against Extremism. I  was also aware of how neo-nazi thugs hunted Irina and her friends on the streets. I saw how much this was frightening her, how she was forced into an underground existence and consequently became very concerned for her safety.

It is important to view her case in the context of the increasing persecution of political dissenters in Russia. There are currently hundreds of political prisoners in the country including Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot, and the 6th May protesters; indeed, just two days ago, President Putin confirmed that such prisoners will not be released in Russia’s up-coming amnesty. If Ira is returned to Russia there is no doubt that she will be added to this list. The international community should support those brave individuals fighting for justice and freedom in repressive regimes such as Russia’s. I therefore urge the Home Office to grant Irina political asylum.

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Statement from Sarah Schulman (Writer and Professor at City University of New York))

The world looks with horror and responsibility at the persecution of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Russia. While we must support the rights of all people to live in their homes with dignity, the persecution by the Russian government, in allegiance with the Orthodox church and violent right-wing nationalists, has forced many Russian queer people to seek refuge and asylum abroad. We must support Irinia Putilova’s request to the British government for asylum and oppose any effort to deport her to certain arrest in Russia.

-Sarah Schulman, Writer

Letter from Misha Verbitsky, National Research University

Dear Sir or Madam,
it came to my attention that
Irina Putilova, a young Russian artist,
is currently interred in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal
Centre. Being a part of internationally reknown
Pussy Riot art group, she would be imprisoned
if deported to Russia. Other artists from Pussy Riot,
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina, became
political prisoners in a highly publicized case two
years ago. Russian political police never closed
the case Irina Putilova, who was investigated along
with Tolokonnikova and Alekhina.

Deportation of Irina Putilova and her imminent
imprisonment by Russian political police forces is likely
to cause international uproar comparable to the Pussy
Riot’s case. Such a blow to human rights abroad
would certainly damage UK international reputation.

We urge you to consider the case of Irina Putilova with
utmost care, and give her a refugee status she clearly
deserves.

All the best
Misha Verbitsky, Ph. D. (Harvard)
professor at the National Research University
“Higher School of Economics” Faculty of Mathematics,
vice-director of Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry,
formerly AdvancedFellow of Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council (Glasgow University)
verbit@mccme.ru, +7 (495) 772-95-90 *44160