Alexander Kolchenko is a Crimean anarchist, social activist and antifascist who is held in captivity by the Russian authorities. Along with other Crimean activists, he has been kidnapped by the Russian FSB
(ex-KGB) and is now detained as a political hostage in Lefortovo jail in Moscow. He is charged with committing “acts of terrorism” and “belonging to a terrorist community”.
In Soviet historiography, the social basis of Russian anarchism was routinely ascribed to the petite-bourgeoisie. This legend has persisted into the post-Soviet period, despite a lack of empirical evidence. Using the database he has painstakingly constructed over many years, the Ukrainian researcher Anatoly Dubovik seeks to deal with this question scientifically by means of a statistical analysis.
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 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.).
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.
Statement against both Ukrainian and Russian nationalisms by Tridni Valka (Class War).