Evgeny Karakashev

Evgeny was born on August 21, 1978. He lives in Yevpatoria, Crimea. He
is a leftist activist with anarchist beliefs. On February 1, 2018,
Karakashev was detained, and on February 2, 2018, arrested on suspicion
of committing crimes under Part 1 of Art. 282 (the incitement of hatred
and enmity) and Part 2 of Art. 205.2 (public calls for terrorism) of the
Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. He is in custody from February
2nd 2018.

Case description

On February 1st, 2018, Evgeny Karakashev was detained by police officers
in Yevpatoriya. Journalist Alyona Savchuk wrote in Facebook that on the
day of his arrest, Karakashev was searched. "They took him tough: some
men in civil broke into, did not introduce themselves, immediately laid
him on the floor, grabbed, handcuffed him behind his back. Evgeny says
that he stayed in handcuffs until the temporary detention facility. On
his right forehead is a huge abrasion. Only in the evening Karakashev
could call a friend and ask to find a lawyer", - says Savchuk. - "The
investigator Abushayev said that he does not remember how long
Karakashev had been handcuffed - 5 minutes or 3 hours, and that
Karakashev voluntarily agreed on «offer» to go to police department".

On February 2nd, 2018, the Evpatoria City Court arrested Evgeny for 2
months on suspicion of committing «incitement of hatred and enmity» and
«public calls for terrorism».

It appears from the order on institution of criminal proceedings,
according to the investigation, Karakashev published a video on one of
his pages in social network «VKontakte» at the end of 2014, which
allegedly calls for terrorism. In addition, according to the order, in
January 2017, he posted from another account in a chat room for 35
people a text that contains signs of "propaganda of the ideology of
violence" and "calls for terrorist activities". It is not specified
exactly what Karakashev published, however, the document says that the
experts investigated «teletext, starting with the words "use grenade
against" and ending with the words "in the windows of authorities, good
luck"».

It is obvious that the reason for initiating the criminal case was the
video "Video Appeal of the Primorsky Partisans" published in the social
network "VKontakte", in which partisans explain the motives of their
actions. This video is recognized in Russia as an extremist one, as it
"incites hatred towards a particular social group" [police].

According to lawyer Alexei Ladin, Evgeny Karakashev himself believes
that the initiation of a criminal case against him and the subsequent
arrest are related to his activism: he opposed the construction in a
resort zone near Yevpatoriya close to a salt lake. Evgeny is an
anarchist and antifascist. Karakashev always took an active civil
position, f. ex. took part in a protest near the FSB building in the
city of Simferopol, and in November 2016, planned to hold an action
"against police brutality in the Crimea" near the building of the
Ministry of the Interior of Evpatoria. Last action was banned by the
local authorities. After this incident, Evgeny was called by the staff
of the so-called law enforcement agencies and invited to a conversation
to give explanations, Evgeny refused to give any testimonies.

Signs of political motivation for persecution

It is highly probable that the criminal case against Evgeny Karakashev
was initiated in the context of his oppositional public and political
activities as a participant of protest actions in the Crimea. In the
context of the persecution of left-wing activists and antifascists since
January 2018, the case of Karakashev seems highly politically motivated.

Thus, the circumstances of the persecution allow us to believe that the
detention of Evgeny Karakashev was used to stop his public activities.
At the same time, detention was applied in violation of the right to a
fair trial, other rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of
the Russian Federation, the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human
Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and was based on the tampering with
evidence of the alleged crime in the absence of elements of a
misdemeanour offence.

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Note that in remand prison, only letters in Russian are accepted.

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