Russia

The Agrarian Question in the Russian Revolution: From Material Community to Productivism, and Back

Buried under almost a century of ideology, "the Russian question," the historical meaning of the defeat of the Russian revolution, is the question that will not go away. This essay is an attempt to answer it.

The End of Antifa?

Monson with Saint George's ribbon

Despite the bleakness of the situation in Ukraine, at least I was amused
by the fact that Nazis were fighting on both sides of the front, killing
each other.

But then I found out that some "anti-fascists" have been doing the same
1) 2) 3).

Aleksandr Kolchenko: I am not a terrorist. I am a citizen of Ukraine

The story of this interview is different from how interviews are usually
recorded. The person answering the questions is in the place not very
accessible for journalists – Lefortovo Moscow Pretrial Detention
Facility that is still known as RF FSB SIZO (RF FSB SIZO - pre-trial
detention facility of the Federal Security Service of the Russian
Federation – transl.).

Stalin didn't fall from the moon - Workers Solidarity Movement

A collection of articles by the Irish Workers Solidarity Movement tracing the growth of Stalin's dictatorial powers in the USSR to the politics and practice of the early Bolshevik leaders, Lenin and Trotsky.

Moscow Autonomous Action on the Ukrainian war

This text was written as an answer to our foreign friends' questions about situation in the Eastern Ukraine and Russian anarchists' attitude towards that. We hope it will be of use to everybody interested in these matters.
The situation is complex and controversial and you should understand that the text below does not (and can't) reflect the opinion of all Russian anti-fascists and anti-capitalists. We discussed this within our group, but even here we have a couple of contradicting points of view.

Neither Ukrainian nor Russian! - Tridni Valka

Statement against both Ukrainian and Russian nationalisms by Tridni Valka (Class War).

On the construction of socialism - Nikolai Osinsky (Valerian V. Obolensky)

In this text first published in the journal of the Bolshevik left communists, The Communist, in April 1918, Osinsky attacks Lenin’s economic policies (which he attributes to Lenin’s erroneous support for the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty) from a “left” perspective that champions working class supremacy in the “organization of production” (in the economic councils, etc.), advocates a policy of rigorous nationalization and promotion of “heavy industry” (coal, steel, railroads), and concludes that economic reconstruction cannot be directed towards Russian “self-sufficiency”, but must be oriented towards the goal of the victory of the international proletarian revolution.

The same, only in a different way - Gabriel Miasnikov

In this essay written in 1920, the Bolshevik left communist Gabriel Miasnikov examines the limitations of the Russian trade unions in the context of what he perceived to be the economic and political supremacy of the soviet institutions, but concludes that the trade unions must be preserved for purposes of domestic public relations (due to the habits of the Russian workers) and international propaganda (due to the predominant concepts concerning revolution outside of Russia where soviet-type institutions do not exist or are quickly destroyed and revolution is conceived as a trade union affair) and therefore they must be given something to do to keep them busy.

‘If the way to freedom runs through prison, we are ready to go’

Russian anti-fascist activist Alexei Gaskarov's speech from the dock, 4 August