September 14, 10 a.m. I’am alerted by telephone call from Party headquarters. Our boys have occupied carriage of “Moscow-Kaliningrad train” - said voice.”They just called by mobile-phone from that carriage. From lituanian rail-way station Kena, on the border.”
“Who they are?” asked I.
“Collected team from Moscow, Saint-Petersbourgh, Omsk, Nijni Novgorod, Briansk, Tula and Orenbourgh, also Tcheboksari. Sixteen camarades. They have chained themselves to a metal frames of carriage, then they teared to pieces lituanian transit visas. ‘We are going from Russia to Russia. We don’t need visas,’ – they said to lituanian frontier guards. They also blocked the locks by injecting a glue in them.”‘About the same time participants of action giving an interviews to radio “Eco of Moscow”.
“Action oriented to get attention of Russians and Lituanians to the problem and to attain a right of access to Kaliningrad without visas, We believe that transit visas for Russian citizens are humiliation. We belive that visas are the first step in process of isolation of Kaliningrad region for eventual taking over of that territory, for separation it from Russia.”
Same day. 12.10. The carriage N2 unhooked from “Moscow – Kaliningrad” train. Lituanian special police force, armed with automatic rifles, is preparing to storm Russian carriage. By mobile phone National Bolsheviks raporting, “Here are all special police forces of Lituania!”
12.35. Special police force have started a storm what was lasting more than 30 minutes.
13.05. Last message come frome inside of carriage, from Roman Popkov.
“That is end of it. They are breaking the door of a last compartment.”
16.15. Same day. More then one hundred National Bolsheviks have staged a meeting in front of Lituanian Embassy in Moscow. They chant:
“Kaliningrad is Russian city!” “Freedom to political prisoners!” “We are demanding a free corridor!” National Bolsheviks have leaved an address to Lituanian ambassador with demand to free sixteen camarades detained on rail-way station Kena.
18.11. Representative of Foreign Affairs Ministry, someone called Aschotov, declared: “Foreign Affairs Ministry denouncing unlawful prank of ‘Limonovtsi’ which prank one can with a full right to caracterise as political hooliganism, having for goal to get some effect in contexte of coming Election of a State Duma of Russian Federation.”
Needless to say that Aschotov was lieing. National-Bolsheviks Party cannot participate at Election of State Duma, because Putin’s Ministry of Justice refusing to register NBP.
September 16. The Court of Wilnuss, capital of Lituania, announced its decision to arrest 16 “Limononvets” for 14 days, - until investigation of train occupation will ended. National–Bolsheviks been transferred to Wilnuss, to a prison “Lukishkes.” That very day Sergei Iliukhin celebrating his 18th birthday. In prison. Cameraman of NTV Alexei Zolotov, detained together with National-Bolsheviks was fined to 300 lites (about 3,000 rubles) and deported from Lituania. “He breaked a rule of regime of frontier territory, when he filmed an action of protest by National – Bolsheviks Party in train “Moscow – Kaliningrad”, said Court of Wilnuss. His camera and casset with a filmed material was detained by the Court. Zolotov filmed beatings of National – Bolshewiks by lituanian police during their arrest, so no wonder that his camera was ceased.
September 17, Russian consul in Lituania Azamat Ablaev have visited each of detained National – Bolshewiks. Alexei Zolotov arrived at Moscow. At 19 hours News at NTV reportage about Sunday action of National – Bolshewiks was a first news.September 18. At prison Lukishkes in Wilnuss National – Bolshewik Andrei Yanushkin celebrated his 17th birthday. Andrei is National – Bolshewik from Orenburgh.
September 19. Wilnuss Court have started hearings. The hall of Court was crowded by 16 accused, 13 lawyers, two prosecutors, two translators, as well as two representatives of Russian Embassy in Lituania, and Lituanian journalists. Our camarades were driven in by three “Land Rovers” of lituanian border police. The juge Victoras Dovidaitis have read to accused their rights, and prosecutor have explained his criminal charge. According to him National – Bolshewiks have throwed leaflets, disturbed the fonctions of lituanian authorities, have used dirty words and by all this have breaked public order.
Afterwords juge have started to ask each accused if he understand an accusation and have he or she (it was two girls between accused) to confess his guilt. Nobody have recognized his guilt. Cross-examination of witnesses have proved that National–Bolshewiks have not pronounced insulting words or dirty words addressing lituanian state, or lituanian authorities. The olny non-literary words prononced were: “Hands up, blia!” screamings of lituanian special police members during storm of carriage. The examination of video-materials confirmed: it was no insults.
Court also didn’t find that breaking public orders were serious: National – Bolshewiks were not resisted, and rail-way traffic was interrupted only for 1 hour 40 minutes.
Nevertheless prosecutor demanded to underaged participants of action a penalty of 40 days in prison and for adult participants up to 70 days of imprisonment. National – Bolshewiks met these demands, smiling happily.
Because they sounded unsignificant if compared with sentenced given for similar actions in Latvia: 6, 5 and 1 years of prison, or even compared with Sebastapol’s action, were 15 National–Bolshewiks have spended in Ukrainian prison six months.
September 25. 12.00. At Malii Zal of State Duma press conference of E. Limonov and deputy of State Duma Victor Alksnis “From Russia to Russia without Visa.”
September 25. About 15 hours. Wilnuss court have sentence under-aged National – Bolshewiks to 20 days of imprisonment, and adults to 40 days of imprisonment each. Happy end for a Party who counted ten political prisoners on September 14.
But the very next day, on September 26, Belgorod’s Court have sentenced Anna Petrrenko, the leader of National – Bolshewik’s of Belgorods region to three years of imprisonment. She was arrested immediately. Her child was taken away and placed to Social help organization. Three years for a young woman, it’s sad.
p.s. For those readers of “Exile” who are only “straight intestine” ["priamaya Kishka"] National bolshewiks and their activities are, of course, irritating. But I write for other type of Exile readers, I am sure they are numerous, for those who take life painfully serious. For those, who believe in death.
Edward Limonov, The Exile
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