International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners: #PostcardsToPrisoners 2016

Published on Jun 30, 2016

​​July 25th, 2016 marks the second annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners . Last year antifascists around the globe participated in a variety of ways in an inspirational and powerful show of solidarity. Rose City Antifa will again be doing the Postcards To Prisoners campaign, this time for the whole month of July. We are kicking things off with a benefit show at Anarres Infoshop this Friday July 1st . We will also be collaborating with Portland ABC to co-sponsor a benefit show on Saturday July 30th at Black Water. Proceeds from these shows will be going to the medical bills and legal defense of comrades that fought against the Traditionalist Workers Party and Golden State Skinheads in Sacramento last Sunday. If you can make it to either show, we will have an area set up with all the necessary supplies (postcards, stamps, names/addresses of prisoners, and information) for you to easily participate in the #postcardstoprisoners campaign!

The past year has seen an increase in far-right organizing around the world. A move to the right in the political discourse in mainstream politics has energized the insurgent right and has lead to increasing acts of fascist and racist violence here and abroad. From the rise of the UKIP in Britain to the Trump campaign here in the states, we are seeing fascistic rhetoric capture large swaths of support among working class whites. Antifascists everywhere have organized against this rising tide of xenophobia and many have faced state repression as a result of it. Now more than ever antifascists must stand together against the dual enemy of state repression and the insurgent right. The International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners is an important time for us to show that we are united in order to raise our comrades spirits behind bars, but also to raise awareness generally about militant antifascism. Postcards to Prisoners is a simple way to boost morale and create a visible display of antifascist solidarity.

Here’s how it works:

1. In a group or on your own, purchase a few postcards and stamps. Write to some prisoners to show support and solidarity, below you will find addresses and information about some of our imprisoned comrades.

2. Take a photo of the postcard.

3. Send or tweet us your pictures using the hashtag #PostcardsToPrisoners . We will compile photos and post them up on our Facebook page and twitter @ Rose City Antifa .

Raising awareness and getting attention to our imprisoned comrades is important but if you want to stay anonymous or are unable to tweet us a picture, feel free to send us an e-mail with a picture to [email protected] and we will tweet the picture for you.

Last years dozens of postcards were sent to antifascist prisoners, this year let’s make it hundreds! Solidarity is our greatest weapon!
Rose City Antifa from last year's International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners.
Names and addresses after the read more break
Names and Addresses.
Note that some of our comrades can’t receive letters or postcards in English, so if you speak any other language than please consider writing one of those antifascists.



Roman Bogdan
Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.
He can read Russian and simple English phrases.
213010 Shklov
p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12
Mogilevskaya obl.

Vlad Lenko
Vlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). He was arrested on December 27, 2014, and accused of taking part in a fight against local neo-Nazis earlier in December. Vlad was charged with group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm, and in September 2015 was sentenced to 6 years in a penal colony.
Supporters are trying to raise money to appeal the verdict, which they hope will reduce his sentence by half. They also need to collect 1000 Euro to pay damages ordered by the court.
Fundraising WebMoney:
$ Z418615316084
€ E146518161935
He can read Russian and simple English phrases.
Lenko Vlad Igorevich
211300 Vitebskaya obl.
Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3

Dzmitry Stsyashenka
Dzmitry Stsyashenka was arrested on October 4, 2013, for his alleged involvement in a fight between antifascists and neo-Nazis in Brest on May 8, 2013, that sent one Nazi to the hospital. He is also accused of another fight with neo-Nazis later in the summer of 2013. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but in 2014 his term was reduced by one year due to an amnesty.
In April 2015, the case from May 2013 was reopened and Dzmitry was charged again. He was sentenced in October 2015 to another 5 years in a penal colony and ordered to pay 500 Euro in damages. In December, the regional appellate court commuted this sentence by 2 years, which is in addition to the 4 years he is already serving.
He can read Russian and simple English phrases.
213800 Bobruisk,
ul. Sikorskogo 1a, IK-2, otryad 14
Mogilevskaya obl.


Jock Palfreeman
Jock Palfreeman is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a twenty-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather mysterious death of a neo-Nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock did not receive a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family. Jock wants donations for him sent to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association , which he is part of.
He can read English and Bulgarian.
Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison
21 General Stoletov Boulevard
Sofia 1309, BULGARIA


Valentin was arrested on July 1, 2015, and is accused of taking part in violent clashes between antifascist ultras and neo-Nazi hooligans after a football match between SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV. The violent confrontation began when fascist hooligans from Bremen attacked a group of ultras, identifying them as left-wing antifascists.
Since his arrest, Valentin has been in custody awaiting trial and is charged with aggravated battery and severe breach of the peace (schwerer Landfriedensbruch). The police have presented him as the “prime suspect” in the case and have made clear that Valentin will be used by the state as an example against political violence.
His supporters are asking for donations to help with legal costs, and for letters and messages of solidarity. They ask that people writing keep in mind that the police read these messages, so to not reference anything illegal.
Valentin can read German and English.
Donation Account:
Rote Hilfe e.V. Ortsgruppe Bremen
IBAN: DE71 2001 0020 0481 9122 06
Postbank Hamburg
Reference: Freiheit für Valentin
(Please don’t forget the payment reference!)
Infoladen Bremen
C/O Valentin
St-Pauli-Str. 10-12
28203 Bremen


Aleksandr Kolchenko
Aleksandr  Kolchenko was arrested in Crimea on May 17, 2014, along with several others, and accused by Russian authorities of participation in a “terrorist group” which planned explosions near the Eternal Fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol, as well as having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines. Aleksandr is also alleged to have carried out two arson attacks in April: against the headquarters of the Russian Unity-Party, and the Russian Community of Crimea. He was transferred to Moscow and is being kept in draconian conditions. His lawyers are under a gag order, and have been refused elementary rights to defend him. He faces fifteen-to-twenty years in a labor camp.
Russian authorities claim that Aleksandr is a member of Right Sektor, a Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist organization, but he has no connection to the group—a fact confirmed by relatives and friends. Moreover, Aleksandr is an antifascist and anarchist who consistently opposed nationalistic movements in Crimea and faced constant fascist attacks for his activism. For example, after a film screening about murdered anti-fascist journalist Anastasiya Baburova, he was attacked by thirty Nazis with knives.
Since this case is highly political, Aleksandr’s legal costs are high, around 850 euro per month. The investigation has created a heavy financial strain on local ABC groups, and there is a call for financial support and information distribution. You can make donations via PayPal to [email protected] or using a bank account (write to the same e-mail address for details).
Kolchenko Aleksandru Aleksandrovichu
Bolshaya Sadovaya str, 31
Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.

Alexey Sutuga
Alexey Sutuga is a longtime anarchist and anti-fascist who was arrested in April 5, 2014, for a fight with members of the ultra right in Moscow. He was sentenced on September 30, 2014, to three years and one month in prison for his alleged involvement in the fight.
However, this sentence comes in the context of an earlier case from April 2012, when he was arrested for allegedly taking part in a fight at a punk/hardcore concert in Moscow on December 17, 2011. The conflict began after club security, consisting of members of the far right, provoked guests. The concert was stopped prematurely because of the fight, but the security then attempted to take some of the audience hostage and threatened to call their nationalist football hooligan friends in reprisal. The audience members resisted and the club security opened fire with rubber coated metal bullets. However, the club security was neutralized and sent to the hospital. The case against Alexey and several others was eventually dropped in January 2014 on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of the amnesty bill, approved as a PR stunt on initiative of Vladimir Putin.
Sutuga Alexey Vladimirovich 1986 g.r
Ispravitelnaya Koloniya № 2
Pervy Promyshlenniy massiv
kvartal 47
d. 6 g. Angarsk 665809
Irkutskaya oblast
Please note: Moscow ABC advises that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so please write only in Russian (try using a translation program), or just send photos and postcards.


The fight against fascism in Sweden is very aggressive, and many of the anti-fascists that are in prison are alleged to be involved in extremely militant activities and organizations. There are several more anti-fascists in Sweden who are currently in prison but do not want their names or addresses publicized. If you would like to write these individuals, please contact Föreningen fånggruppen .

Joel Almgren
Joel Almgren was sentenced to five years and six months for defending a local community-organized anti-racist demonstration in Stockholm against a brutal Nazi attack on December 15, 2013. The peaceful protest—against fascist assaults on local anti-racists and the dissemination of Nazi propaganda in area schools—was attacked with knives, sticks, and glass bottles by the most militant Nazi group in Sweden. Anti-fascists at the scene defended the demonstration from the attack and many were injured themselves.
Joel has over 4080 USD in fines, and his supporters are asking for help raising the money.
To donate from a non-swedish bank account:
IBAN: SE0680000832799438650120
He can read Swedish and English.
Joel Almgren
KVA Tidaholm
522 85 Tidaholm


United States

Luke O’Donovan
On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke O’Donovan attended a house party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia. Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at the party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people at once. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between five and twelve men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. He was called a faggot before and during the attack, throughout the course of which he and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder.
Luke’s trial concluded on August 12, 2014, when he accepted a negotiated plea deal. He agreed to a two year sentence beginning that day, and then eight years of harsh probation. The judge also banished Luke from the state of Georgia for the term of his probation.
He can read English.
Luke Patrick O’Donovan
Washington State Prison
P.O. Box 206
Davisboro, GA 31018