Sirakova, Mariola, 1904-1925

Mariola Sirakova

Biographical information about Bulgarian student, actress and anarchist revolutionary Mariola Sirakova.

Born 1904 - Kilifarevo, Bulgaria, died 2 June 1925 - Belovo, Bulgaria.

Born in Kilifarevo, Bulgaria in 1904, the student-actress Mariola Sirakova belonged to a well-off family. She revolted from an early age against her social background and joined the anarchist movement at a young age.

She began a relationship with another Bulgarian anarchist, Gueorgui Cheitanov.

In 1923 a military coup led to the butchery of 35,000 workers and peasants. The armed resistance that followed ended with the bomb attack by the Communist Party on Sofia cathedral which was aimed at the country's elite. A massive campaign of repression was then unleashed by the fascists and military against the revolutionary movement.

Special police detachments were set up to hunt Cheitanov down. All the guerrillas united into a single detachment, being forced to disperse towards the end of May. Cheitanov and Mariola Sirakova, were caught in an ambush and arrested. They were taken to Belovo railway station and shot with 12 other prisoners on 2nd June 1925.

After her martyr's death, her younger brother Georgu carried on the struggle for anarchism and was imprisoned by the Communists in the concentration camp of Belene.

Nick Heath
From Organise! 52 by the Anarchist Federation