Un antifa assassiné en Russie!
Yesterday evening Monday 16th, 26 years old Ivan Khutorskoy aka
Vanya-kostolom was shot dead at the entrance of his house. This name
is not well-known among general public, but he was a colossal figure
among Russian antifascists and left activists. First of all he is
known as one of informal leaders of youth antifascist movement, and
one of founders of R.A.S.H. (Red and Anarchist skinheads) – community
of skinheads-antifascists adhering to the left political views. It’s
obvious for the most of his friends that the murder has been committed
by Russian neo-nazi.
Ivan’t initials, photos and home address, as well as ones of many
other antifascists like Fedor Filatov and Timour Dzhaparidze were
repeatedly published on nazi-websites in order to call nazi-bastards
for his destruction. It was the 4th attempt on Ivan’s life. First he
was assaulted by nazi in 2005. This incident was fixed by a camera and
was shown in a documental program “Ordinary antifascism”. Then
attackers waited for Ivan in the entrance of his house, stubbed him in
the neck with a screwdriver, and inflicted several blows by a baseball
bat - he miraculously survived. The third attack was carried out on
Ivan was stubbed in the stomach during a street fight, this wound was
also almost lethal but he survived again. And now, when everything
else had failed, Nazis decided to try guns.
It was a kind-hearted and responsive man, he was always ready to help
his friends in any situation. Ivan was an example of indomitable will
and courage for all of us. He remained faithful to his convictions
till the end. With Ivan, any such claims post-mortem would be a
misrepresentation any way around, as every clique and crew in the
scene considered him as one of them, and he was respected and loved by
absolutely everyone. Ivan considered himself a RASH skinhead, which
did not bothered apolitical and patriotic Moscow Troyan Skinheads to
consider him as one of them. And anarchists of course considered Ivan
one of the anarchists, and it is true that Ivan had anti-authoritarian
and social positions and was always ready to provide security for
anarchists events. But he did not lived for activism – he lived for
the streets and for the punk rock.
Perpetrators will be prosecuted – we will do all our best for it. Our
duty is to continue activities started by him.
here is link with bank details for donations to support Ivan's family