Who are Anton Zhuchkov and Vladimir Sergeyev?
On March 6 of this year, Zhuchkov and Sergeyev went to an anti-war demonstration that had been announced that day in Moscow. However, the police detained them on their way to Pushkin Square. Molotov cocktails were found in Sergeyev’s backpack, and the police decided to immediately take them to the police station. However, halfway there, the police had to change the route.
As they were detained, Anton and Vladimir managed to take lethal doses of methadone, as they had planned to commit suicide that day as a political protest. So instead of the police station, the police had to take the friends to the hospital. Zhuchkov and Sergeyev were resuscitated at the Sklifosofsky Research Institute. A week later, when they had recovered, they were sent to a pretrial detention center.
At first, they were charged with “attempted disorderly conduct with the use of weapons” (per Article 30.1 and Article 213.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), but later the charge was reclassified as “preparation of a terrorist attack” (per Article 30.1.a and Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Now Anton and Vladimir face up to 10 years in prison.
In his testimony, Zhuchkov stated that he did not intend to harm anyone, but only wanted to commit suicide: “I took [methadone] so as not to see what was happening in the world — the war in Ukraine, the events in the Donbass — and I was also afraid of a nuclear war. Therefore, I wanted to take my own life so as not to see what would happen next, including worrying that young people would live in poverty,” he said during interrogation.
Sergeyev initially admitted that, before committing suicide, he wanted to set fire to an empty police van in protest against the war. Sergeyev’s lawyer Svetlana Zavodtsova reports that these statements were given under duress and without a lawyer present. Sergeyev now refuses to testify.
Solidarity Zone has been providing Zhuchkov with comprehensive support, including paying for a lawyer and sending care packages. Solidarity Zone has been helping Sergeyev and his relatives by giving them consultations and providing them information.
You can also support Vladimir Sergeyev and Anton Zhuchkov.
Donations for Anton Zhuchkov:
4279 3806 5189 1279 (Sberbank card, Evgenia Alekseevna Sh.)
Donations for Vladimir Sergeyev:
5536 9141 5380 7247 (Tinkoff card, Anna Aleksandrovna A.)
You can also transfer funds to support Zhuchkov and Sergeyev via PayPal and Solidarity Zone’s crypto wallets, but you must earmark your payment for them.
Cryptocurrency (write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you transfer cryptocurrency to support Sergeyev or Zhuchkov)
Address for letters and parcels:
127055, Moscow, Novoslobodskaya st., 45, SIZO-2,
Zhuchkov Anton Alexandrovich, born in 1983
Sergeyev Vladimir Andreyevich, born in 1985
(It is possible to send letters through the service FSIN-Pismo, as well as the volunteer resource RosUznik)
In the photo, Sergeyev is on the left, Zhuchkov is on the right.
Source: Solidarity Zone, Facebook, 6 November 2022. I have edited the original post in English for clarity and consistency. I would also note that people living outside Russia will not be able to donate money via Russian bank cards or use the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service’s FSIN-Pismo service. It is also probably the case that it is impossible or nearly impossible to send parcels to Russian detention facilities from abroad. ||| TRR