Freedom for Moldovan political prisoner Pavel Grigorchuk

Thursday, June 13 – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations
35 East 29th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016

Join us on June 13 for a lunchtime rally outside Moldova’s UN Mission. We will deliver an international statement calling for Pavel Grigorchuk’s freedom and a letter of protest against the latest repressive measures taken against him.

Anti-fascist Pavel Grigorchuk has been imprisoned for three months following a minor altercation with a politician of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM). The PDM, headed by oligarch Vlad Plahotnic, dominates Moldova’s economic, political and legal system.

Grigorchuk is being held in isolation in the basement of a decrepit prison colony in Chisinau. In early June, additional repression was piled upon him, including a ban on messages, parcels and packages (including food), as retaliation for speaking to the media during a court hearing.

Plahotnic and his allies have benefitted from the support of Washington and the European Union, which profit from the privatization of Moldova’s resources and want to station NATO military forces in this strategic Eastern European country. Grigorchuk has been a thorn in the oligarchy’s side for years. He was one of the “Petrenko Group” of protesters who were imprisoned for several months in 2015-2016 and whose case is now being heard by the European Court of Human Rights.

We demand: End the retaliatory measures. Free Pavel Grigorchuk and all political prisoners of the Plahotnic regime. Free all political prisoners of the U.S. empire, from Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and the MOVE 9 to Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.

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