This event is organized in response to a call by anti-war democracy activists in Russia in opposition to Putin's support for the genocidal Assad regime, the occupation of Crimea, the intervention in Ukraine and the repression of the free Chechen people.
At great personal risk, anti-war democracy activists in Russia have opposed Putin's fraudulent election, raised support for political prisoners, organized in solidarity with occupied Crimea, and with the occupied republic of Chechenya (Ichkeria), and in opposition to Russian bombing of hospitals and civilians in Syria.
These activists point to the rising danger of fascism in Russia, and that this danger is the domestic face of Putin's foreign policy of waging war abroad. They also oppose Putin's announced policy of a new generation of nuclear weapons, much as we must oppose the US policy of developing a new generation of nuclear weapons. On principle they stand in solidarity with all peoples confronting Putin's wars and with all struggles for democracy and human rights. We salute their courage and principles and believe we must unite our struggles for democracy and against imperialist wars.
Like Putin, Trump exploits Islamophobia and chauvinism to promote a policy of wars abroad and fascism at home.
The genocidal repression of the struggle for democracy in Syria, the refugee crisis precipitated by this crisis, and the European and US left's silence in the face of these crimes against humanity is at the root of the current political crisis.
An international opposition to the bloody farce of the "War on Terror", to the bombing of all civilians by all states, from Syria to Gaza to Afghanistan and Yemen, and unconditional solidarity with all struggles for democracy, self determination and human rights is the only alternative to wars, fascism, dictatorship and genocide.
No to the new nuclear arms race; unilateral disarmament of all nuclear powers! Freedom for political prisoners! Stop the genocidal bombing of Ghouta! Lift the siege! Lift all the sieges, from Gaza to Ghouta to Yemen! Putin out of Crimea, Ichkeria and Syria! Unconditional support for democracy and human rights, from Syria, to Crimea, to the Caucasus, to Russia!