An open letter of Russian mathematicians to IMU Executive Committee regarding mathematician and political prisoner Azat Miftakhov

101 Russian mathematicians sent the following letter to the
International Mathematical Union Executive Committee, concerning the
case of our colleague Azat Miftakhov.

Dear members of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Executive

Yevgeny Zamyatin and the novel We

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Article on life of Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer.

Moscow Anarchist Black Cross updates, September 2021

This time around there's both good news and bad news, so lets start with the good ones.

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"War and Peace" Scene of 1812 Patriotic war, by Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Public

From Wikipedia: "Non-Activity" is an 1893 article by Leo Tolstoy and also the term used to describe Tolstoy's form of anarchist and pacifist thought. This thinking of Tolsoty's was influenced by wuwei (無為, "inaction"), a Taoist concept of finding victory by withdrawing from action. Sometimes Tolstoy's "non-activity" is translated as "under-activity" and others have called it "non-violent non-cooperation." Online text from

The Inevitable Revolution

The Inevitable Revolution (Неизбежный переворот) is an essay written by Leo Tolstoy on July 5, 1909 about abolishing the law of violence and replacing it with the law of love. It is generally considered a text on civil disobedience, pacifism, and anarchism, and it is Tolstoy's last non-fiction work detailing his final opinions on political, economic, and religious issues. Online text from

"Open up! Police!": Street artist arrested for "justifying terrorism"

Maksim Smolnikov, a street artist known as Hadad, from Khabarovsk has been remanded for two months due to his 2018 VKontakte post about the explosion at an FSB office in the Arkhangelsk region. Smolnikov is accused of "justifying terrorism." During these two years, the security officials had no complaints against him.

ABC Moscow news: Ilya Romanov needs support for rehabilitation, Yegor Lesnykh denied parole, Ilya Shakurskiy in the hole, Kirill Kuzminkin receives propabational sentence, Nikita Uvarov released pending trial

Ilya Romanov needs support for rehabilitation

Ilya Romanov has been an activist in the anarchist movement since 1987. He was sentenced to prison twice, for 10 years in Ukraine in 00’s and 7 years in Russia in the last decade. In 2019 he almost died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. Due to the delay in the medical intervention, he lost the capacity to move the right side of his body.

Who Were the Kronstadt Rebels? A Russian Anarchist Perspective on the Uprising

A newly-translated article on the composition of the Kronstadt rebels, drawing on primary materials not available in English. This article by Andrey Kalyonov was translated by Bryan Gigantino and first published by Crimethinc.

The 14 year old Minecraft-”terrorists” of Russia

Denis Mikhaylenko and Nikita Uvarov

Kansk is a city with a population of 90 000 in Siberia, Russia. The
closest city with a million inhabitants is Krasnoyarsk, 250 kilometers
westwards. Two boys, who turned 15 years old last year, Nikita Uvarov
and Denis Mikhaylenko, have been in jail since last summer, accused of
plotting a terrorist attack. According to the charges, they were, among
other things, planning to build the headquarters of the Russian security
service FSB in Minecraft, and to blow it up there. During the Soviet
Era, the FSB had different names, the last before the disintegration of
the Soviet union being FSB.

Butchery In Chechnya

In the run up to the presidential elections, a war in Chechnya is a useful distraction from the economic chaos and corruption of daily life in Russia.

Article from Black Flag #219 (2000).