Russia

The Kronstadt Rebellion: Still Significant 90 Years On

Shawn Hattingh, from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front in South Africa, on the Kronstadt Rebellion.

What was the Konstadt Rebellion?

The crisis of power - Alexander Schapiro

An article by Russian anarcho-syndicalist Alexander Schapiro (1882-1946) written between the February and October revolutions in Russia, 1917.

[i]Alexander Schapiro was an anarcho-syndicalist militant active in the international anarchist movement and the revolutionary anarcho-syndicalist movement in Russia during the Russian Revolution and civil war (Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One: From Anarchy to Anarchism, Chapter 18: The Russian Revolution).

Victor Serge: Totalitarianism and State Capitalism - Philippe Bourrinet

Complete text of Bourrinet’s presentation at the Victor Serge Symposium held in Moscow, September 29-30, 2001.

 
 

Victor Serge: Totalitarianism and State Capitalism (Socialist Deconstruction and Collectivist Humanism)

Translated from the Spanish translation by Margarita Díaz. Source: Online Edition,Andreu Nin Foundation, March 2002.
 

Did the Bolshevik seizure of power inaugurate a socialist revolution? A Marxian inquiry - Paresh Chattopadhyay

Chattopadhyay applies Marxian categories to the Russian Revolution of 1917 to examine its socialist content.

In the eyes of the overwhelming majority on the left – certainly in South Asia – the Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia in 1917 signalled the victory of socialist revolution or at least started the socialist revolution in that country. Those who accept this position hold it more or less axiomatically.

The Black Guards

Putilov factory meeting - Petrograd 1917

A short account of the Anarchist Black Guards and their suppression by the Bolsheviks in Moscow in 1918

Many Russian anarchists were totally opposed to the institutionalisation of the Red Guards, fighting units that had been created by factory workers in the course of the February and October Revolutions. Indeed Rex A. Wade in his book on the Red Guards points to the strong anarchist input and influence in the Red Guards in the initial phase of the Revolution.

Siberia: interview with a member of the SKT

In connection to the SAC's 100th anniversary in the summer of 2010, Stockholm was visited by a delegation of 4 activists from the SKT, the Siberian Workers' Confederation. The SKT organizes workers in western Siberia and continues to be an independent union in a Russia becoming all the more uniform. Arbetaren Zenit met and had a chat with Valerija Gudz, a 25-year-old syndicalist from Omsk.

How did you come to be interested in union organizing and why did you end up in the SKT?

The unknown revolution, 1917-1921 - Volin

Kronstadt workers and sailors demonstrate in 1917

Complete text of Volin's extensive work on the Russian Revolution, its usurping by the Bolsheviks and on workers' rebellions against the new dictatorship.

The present work is a complete translation of La Revolution Inconnue, 1917-1921, first published in French in 1947, and re-published in Paris in 1969 by Editions Pierre Belfond. An abridged, two-volume English translate of the work was published in 1954 and 1955 by the Libertarian Book Club (New York City) and Freedom Press (London).

The Left Communist Movement of 1918 - Ronald I. Kowalski

An analysis by academic, Kowalski, on the early internal party opposition in the Bolshevik Party by the communist left, against the signing of Brest Litovsk agreement with Germany.

The anarchist underground in Leningrad

Lydia Chukovskaya in 1926

A short account of the anarchist underground in Leningrad in the 1920s

Yuri Krinitsky was an 18 year old student when he came from Tashkent to study at the Russian Institute of the History of Art. Back home he had been involved in the setting up of several circles of anarcho-syndicalist youth. He was arrested there in autumn 1922 on the charge of publishing an underground magazine Turkestan Alarm and given a written denunciation.

Garaseva, Anna (1902-1994) and Tatiana (1901-after 1997)

Anna Garaseva in the 1920s-30s

A short account of the lives of the Russian anarchist sisters, Anna and Tatiana.

Anna Garaseva and her older sister Tatiana were the daughters of a teacher who taught in a gymnasium (high school) in Ryazan. AnTatiana was born in 1901 and Anna on December 7th, 1902. In 1917 Tatiana was admitted to Moscow University, where she attended the lectures of the anarchist professor Alexei Borovoi. Tatiana joined the student anarchist club mostly made up of young women.