Russia

Pussy Riot convicted: Britain rails against “disproportionate” sentence - hypocritically

The UK also has no qualms over disproportionate sentencing or criminal sanctions for occupational protest.

600 Russian prisoners on hunger strike against staff brutality

Up to 600 prisoners in prison in south Russia have gone on hunger strike in response to the brutal attack and subsequent death of a fellow inmate at the hands of prison staff.

Workers' control

A pamphlet by the Syndicalist Workers' Federation on the meaning of workers' control, its incompatability with the state and its history (1959).

After Six Years of Authoritarian Revolution - Max Nettlau

In this short essay written during the 1920s, Max Nettlau discusses the psychological and political impacts of the success of the Soviet dictatorship and the eclipse of libertarian socialism on the workers of Europe, claims that the “taste for freedom” is “almost dead”, predicts that any European revolution in the circumstances of his time would be an authoritarian revolution, and calls for a worldwide libertarian initiative to “create a new mentality” that should embrace all those “movements that still have a basis in voluntarism, free association, federation, the coexistence of various opinions, free experimentation, abstention from the state, and real internationalism”.

Pobuna u Kronštatu - Ante Ciliga

Kronstadt sailors

Ciliga's "Kronstadt Revolt" in Serbo-Croat.

Two anti-fascists remanded on 4th July after an incident at Moscow club "Barrikada"

On 4th July, at Presnenski district court of Moscow, judge Dmitry Dolgopolov fulfilled a request from the police to imprison two of the six anti-fascists who were remanded on the night of 2nd July, not far from club "Barrikada". They were 23 year old Irina Lipskaya and 19 year old Andrey Molchanov, suspected of having committed crimes according to statute of Russian criminal codex 213 part 2 (hooliganism, committed with a group of people). The pair will be held in remand prison at least until 2nd September. According to police, anarchists and anti-fascists attacked guests of a Nazi concert with rubber bullets and flares.

Write letters to anarchist and anti-fascist prisoners of Moscow!

Kharchenko Igor Olegovich
FKU SIZO-2 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve
ul. Novoslobodskaya d. 45
127055 Moskva Russia

After mass protests against election fraud, Moscow anarchists are targeted with repressions

This far five of the persons charged for rioting after events of "March
of the millions" 6th of May in Moscow, two are known anarchist
activists. Of them, Alexandra Dukhanina is in home arrest, and Stepan
Zimin was remanded today until 8th of August.

Russian anarchists in Finland 1917-1918 - Ari Vakkilainen

Short article on anarchist activity in the Finnish Civil War, originally published in 1989.

Seventy days in Russia: What I saw - Angel Pestaña

Angel Pestaña

First published in Spain in 1924, Angel Pestaña’s journal recounting his experiences in Russia in the summer of 1920 as the delegate sent by the Spanish anarchosyndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (the CNT) to the Second Congress of the Third International, which he represents as “an objective accounting”, features encounters with Victor Serge, Peter Kropotkin, Lenin, Zinoviev, Lozovsky and Tomsky; while critical of the “mistakes” of the Bolsheviks, Pestaña ultimately absolves them of the greatest share of responsibility for the suffering of the Russian people, which he attributes to the blockade and civil war imposed and underwritten by the Western Democracies.