Skip to Content

AWPC joins solidarity call for Russian anti-nuke activists

Statement of solidarity by UK-based anti-nuclear groups and individuals

On 21 July, neo-nazis attacked an anti-nuclear protest camp at Angarsk, Siberia, Russia.

At 5am around 15 neo-nazis attacked the protesters, beating them with iron bars, knives, and air pistols. As a result of the attack, eight people were hospitalised - one, Ilya Borodaenko, later died of his injuries.

We condemn the murder of 21 year old Ilya Borodaenko during the neo-nazi attack on the anti-nuclear protest camp at Angarsk, Siberia, Russia on 21 July 2007.

We call on the Russian police to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack.

We condemn the continued erosion of civil liberties in Russia, the repression of activists by agents of the state, and the rise of neo-nazi violence against activists.

We note that the protest camp was held outside the Angarsk Electrolytic Chemical Combine (AEKhK) plant, which is proposed to become an international centre for uranium enrichment. The plant currently exports up to 50% of its Enriched Uranium- including to the UK

We offer our solidarity and condolences to camp organisers - Ecological Wave of Baikal, Autonomous Action, and Rainbow Keepers.

A solidarity vigil is called for Thursday 26 July at 7pm, outside the Russian embassy in London: 5 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QS.

Ecological Wave of Baikal, Autonomous Action and Rainbow Keepers have requested financial donations to cover the costs of medical treatment for the activists injured in the attack, for the transportation of Ilya Borodaenko's body and for his funeral.

Donations in the UK can be made via:

War Resisters' International
by giro transfer to War Resisters' International, in £ sterling to Unity Trust Bank
Account number 5072 7388 Sort code: 08-60-01
Or send cheques to War Resisters' International, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX.
Mark any donation clearly as "Angarsk protest camp".