Statement of Solidarity and Support from Agnes Oleschak

hello there,

my name is agnes,i have been to london in summer 2913,and i met ira in august when a friend of mine showed me the squat she lived in.i have been speaking to her a few times,causing me to feel a lot of sympathy for her.she seemed to be a very friendly,open-minded and dedicated person,little did i know she actually had to flee her home country.
although i didnt have the chance to get to really know her,ii was shocked reading about the incidents of the 7th december.i am deeply concerned about her well-being and whats going to happen to her.i already spread all the information about any social network i participate in and i will keep this updated,however,since i had to stay in my home country austria longer than i had planned i couldnot participate in the demonstrations tonight.i just wanted to express my deep concern as well as my best wishes for irina and i wish her all the very best and i mean it.i kindly ask you for her number since i want  to tell her in person as addition,i want to express my gratitude to everyone running the social network accounts and keeping them updated.i will continue to do the little i can to help ira to stay in the uk.

best wishes and love for ira,and my respect and gratitude to everyone who cares about her.



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.


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

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), +7 (495) 772-95-90 *44160