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 present work analyzes the Soviet economic experience in the light of the Marxian concept of capital.
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.
The full text of Peter Arshinov's definitive history of the revolutionary Ukrainian guerrilla movement led by anarchist Nestor Makhno.
Translated by Lorraine and Fredy Perlman. Published by Black & Red/Solidarity, Detroit/Chicago 1974. This edition obtained from the Digital Text International website. The Nestor Makhno Archive has altered some spellings and corrected some typographical errors. Further corrections by libcom.org. Text from www.nestormakhno.info
Ante Ciliga,Trotsky, and State Capitalism: Theory, Tactics, and Re-evaluation during the Purge Era, 1935-1939 - Michael S Fox
Michael S. Fox on Trotsky and state capitalism during Stalin's purges. In PDF format.
From Class against Class
Jan Waclaw Machajski: A radical critic of the Russian intelligensia and socialism - Marshall S. Shatz
A short account of the repression that fell on old members of the Makhnovist movement in 1937-38.
The years 1937-38 were a terrible period in the Soviet Union. Stalin turned on his perceived enemies within the Communist Party, murdering those organised around the Trotskyist Opposition as well as many other Old Bolsheviks like Bukharin, Kamenev and Zinoviev.