Russian police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith forum

Vera Kichanova at Freedom Today Network (H/T TE Finnegan):

Last weekend, the Libertarian Party of Russia was co-organising the Adam Smith Forum, an annual conference on classical liberalism, in Moscow. The topics discussed included railway nationalisation, universal basic income, smart contracts and many more — by no means anyone called for an armed anti-government riot. However, when a group of guests and speakers were going on a lunch break they were brutally searched, arrested and taken to the police station.

Once again: in 2017, in the centre of Moscow, police arrest the participants of an academic conference!

Some of the detainees were not released until late at night, others are still kept under arrest; some were accused of participating in an unauthorised rally and are now serving 15 days in jail. Most importantly, all of them are now questioned as witnesses as part of the the ongoing investigation of preparing mass riots and terrorism. Right now, when I’m writing this post, the underaged — there were few of them among the detainees — are questioned for the second time in a row. In that very moment the investigators might be forcing the 17-year-olds to testify against their elder fellows who were accompanying them.

A frighteningly similar story happened in 2012, when few dozens of randomly arrested people were first investigated as witnesses but later accused of inciting riots and sent to prison for up to 5 years (see “Bolotnaya Square Case”). Like in 2012, the legal status of those arrested during the Adam Smith Forum might change at any time.

A first-hand account on Facebook:

Read at FTN

8 thoughts on “Russian police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith forum

  1. Luke

    With Putin’s handpuppets in charge of the US executive branch, and their party in unitary control of the different branches of the federal government and most of the states, this is likely a glimpse into our own not very distant future.

  2. Luke

    No, Aiden, it is you who is buying the bullshit from the gangster-government owned Russian media and its foreign psyops division. I’m already familiar with Putinist propaganda, thanks. And this video is from the Libertarian Party of Russia. Things like this happen all the time in Russia, Russian puppet Trump calls for things like this to happen in the US, and the elitist owned US media is hardly even scratching the surface on any of this. Far from being anti-Russian, my best sources on all this come from Russians who have been fighting against the gangster Putin regime since long before Trump jumped into the primaries.

    For the real picture of what is happening in Russia and just starting in the US see

  3. Tony From Long Island

    I roll my eyes whenever I see the word “staged . . . ” unless it’s referring to a concert or a play.

  4. paulie Post author

    The video is genuine, just follow the links back. Vera Kichanova is a LPRussia activist who Geoff Neale brought to the LP US convention in Columbus, 2014, so I have met her in person.

  5. Carol Moore/

    So does US media in Russia bother to comment on such atrocities. At least RT America reports on US atrocities here, even if they forget to mention Russian ones. Where are the libertarian billionaires starting a cable network to do that job so we don’t have to watch RT??

  6. paulie Post author

    You can answer that questions as easily as I can, Carol. I guess libertarian billionaires haven’t been persuaded that a cable network is a good use of their money. I do know a number of people have been trying to pitch it for years though.

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