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The Case of Comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge

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Masterful fictionalisation of the purges and how they affected the various character types in the political upheaval of Stalinist Russia.

Czechoslovakia 1968: What socialism? What human face? - Petr Cerny

Excellent pamphlet from Solidarity with a critique of the myth of the Prague Spring. It recounts the internal struggles in the Czech Communist Party as the technocrats outmanoeuvre the dogmatists, and the working class do not show their potential until the Soviet invasion. Contains a postscript on the anti-intellectual ideas of Jan Machajski by Paul Avrich.

First published as pamphlet number 55 by Solidarity (London)

The Makhnovshchina and Anti-Semitism- Nestor Makhno

A series of complaints about the pervasiveness of the allegations that the Makhnovschina where anti semitic and a list of the efforts gone to to disprove them.

For the past seven years, almost, the enemies of the Makhnovist revolutionary movement have wallowed in so many lies about it that one might marvel that these people do not take a red face, once in a while at least.

In Memory of the Kronstadt Revolt- Nestor Makhno

Field Gun brought Against Kronstadt Naval Base

March 7th is a harrowing date for the toilers of the so-called "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" who participated in one capacity or another in the events that occurred on that date in Kronstadt.

The Idea of Equality and the Bolsheviks- Nestor Makhno

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Eight years after the Russian Revolution rival leaders of the Bolshevik party attack the very idea of equality, this prompted renewed criticism from Nestor Makhno.

The 14th Congress of the Russian Communist Party has roundly condemned the notion of equality. Prior to the congress, Zinoviev had mentioned the idea in the course of his polemic against Ustrialov and Bukharin. He declared then that the whole of contemporary philosophy was sustained by the idea of equality.

Radical America #20.02-3: Chernobyl (Double Issue)

Constituent Items:

Introduction
Chernobyl's challenge to anti-nuclear activism (Rudolph, Richard Ridley, Scott)
Chernobyl, U.S.A. (Scarlott, Jennifer)
"A town born of the atom"
No haven for the homeless in a heartless economy (Fabricant, Michael Kelly, Michael)
Students and university divestment is there a movement in the wings? (Hoynes, William)

Kronstadt 1917-21: The fate of a soviet democracy - Israel Getzler

This is the first major study of revolutionary Kronstadt to span the period from February 1917 to the uprising of March 1921. This book focuses attention on Kronstadt's forgotten golden age, between March 1917 and July 1918, when Soviet power and democracy flourished there.

Soviet Union, China and other Stalinisms - reading guide

Further reading guide about "state socialist" countries. Unlike many books on Stalinist societies, these texts emphasise struggles from below:

SOVIET UNION

Aufheben, 'What was the USSR?' Part I: Trotsky and state capitalism; Part II: Russia as a non-mode of production; Part III: Left communism and the Russian revolution; Part IV: Towards a theory of the deformation of value.

The Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov

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The devil comes to destroy the USSR, and only a writer and his lover can stop him.

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

In a country constructed of glass, under complete surveillance and devoid of individuality, D-503 discovers he has a soul and is now in danger.

TOPICS :
A Proclamation
The Wisest of Lines
A Poem

I shall simply copy, word for word, the proclamation that appeared today in the One State Gazette: