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March 30, 2016

Russian activist art group Voina arrested in Basel

Leading members of world-famous russian activist art-group Voina Oleg Vorotnikov, Natalya Sokol and their 3 kids Kasper, Mama and Troitsa have been arrested 29 of March in Switzerland (canton Basel-Stadt).

Leading members of world-famous russian activist art-group Voina Oleg Vorotnikov, Natalya Sokol and their 3 kids Kasper, Mama and Troitsa have been arrested 29 of March in Switzerland (canton Basel-Stadt).

Before the arrest they were in the process of search for lawyers, who will help them with their asylum application and their right to live outside of the camp during the asylum process (Swiss camps have almost prison conditions and their children have been already traumatized by multiple attacks from police and other officials in Russia).

Oleg Vorotnikov is in international search initiated by Russian government.

Several days ago they and their kids were have been beaten and robbed by their neighbours in partly occupied building, where they have lived and where they've been settled by Adrian Notz (courator of "Cabaret Voltaire"). Voina members were arrested during their attempt to collect some of their belongings displaced as a result of an internal conflict by their neighbours.

Since their arrest there was no information from them. Even if they were released, there are no means of establishing contact as they were deprived from their communication devices…

Help from those journalists, lawyers and activists who can find any information about their current situation, provide legal aid to them, and, in case if they will be released provide them a safe place for living in Switzerland is urgently needed.

For further information, please contact the colleague and friend of the group (currently in Basel) Grey Violet ovasilev@gmail.com

E-mail address of arrested Voina members is: really@free-voina.org.

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