Criminal case initiated against Russian leftist Boris Kagarlitsky


Russian Socialist Movement

July 26, 2023

This material (report) relates to the activities of Boris Yulievich Kagarlitsky, recognized as a foreign agent.

A few hours ago it became known that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) had opened a criminal case against well-known left-wing political scientist and sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky, editor of the online magazine Rabkor.

The formal reason for initiating the case was alleged "justification of terrorism", but we are absolutely sure that the persecution of Kagarlitsky is a political reprisal for his views.

Recently, Boris has been actively commenting on the current political situation, openly criticizing both the domestic and foreign policies of the Russian authorities.

The regime repeatedly tried to silence this political scientist – in 2018, the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (ISMO), headed by Kagarlitsky, was classified as a foreign agent, and in April last year, the status of a foreign agent was assigned to Kagarlitsky himself

Having started his activity back in the Soviet Union, Kagarlitsky was first imprisoned during the rule of Yuri Andropov. Under Yeltsin, during the events of October 1993, he opposed the dissolution of the Supreme Soviet, for which he was detained and severely beaten. In 2021, for calls to participate in protests after the elections to the State Duma, he served 10 days of administrative arrest. Now Kagarlitsky can go to jail for up to 5 years.

The criminal case against Boris Kagarlitsky is an attack on the entire left movement. You can disagree as much as you like with individual statements and conclusions made by him in different periods of public activity, but we will resolve all our contradictions in the course of an open and honest discussion, when Boris is free.

We call on all socialist and communist organizations to organize a broad solidarity campaign and demand the immediate release of Boris Kagarlitsky and all political prisoners.

In his latest articles and speeches, Kagarlitsky remained invariably optimistic about the prospects for the current Russian government, or rather, their absence. Objective reality shows that this optimism is fully justified - starting a total cleansing of the remnants of civil society, the authorities are trying to plug a leak the size of a core with a bottle cap.