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English summary of Russian anarchists magazine Avtonom

category russia / ukraine / belarus | anarchist movement | press release author Wednesday May 11, 2005 19:46author by Avtonom - Autonomous Action (translation) Report this post to the editors

Avtonom #24 - journal of Autonomous Action

Dear friends, welcome to the spring issue of Avtonom... this year we are turning 10 years, wait for some celebrations to come! Avtonom is a pseudo-quarterly journal by Autonomous Action, which developed from a network to a libertarian communist federation in January 2002, after two years of existence. Currently Autonomous Action has local groups in 13 cities of Russia and Armenia, and supporters and friends in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Avtonom #24 English summary.

All articles are in Russian language.

Cover: Pictures from anti-militarist actions organised in Moscow in February 2005

Page 2: "Putinist Russia - what is coming up?", Pavel Sentyabrskiy writes about possible trajectories of development of the local state terror machine.
Page 3: IVth general meeting of Autonomous Action on migration. See for English version.
Page 4: "Day of a deserter", report of an anti-militarist festival organised 20th-23rd of February in Moscow. See for English version of the article.
Page 5: "Country of dark forces", how and why state tried to stop the deserter festival from happening.


Page 6: Irkutsk anarchists organised a benefit concert for an orphanage on the 14th of December, Ufa anarchists joined the protests against abolition of free social benefits on the 22th of January and had their own illegal demonstration as well, anarchists in Perm organised a Food Not Bombs and support concert on the 27th of February, Nizhni Novgorod police arrested anarchists who joined the protests against abolition of free social benefits on the 23rd of January, Yaroslavl anarchists organised illegal demonstration on the 23rd of February,
Page 7: Moscow anarchists demonstrate solidarity with Israeli squatters and anarchists against walls on the 28th of January (see, anarch@-feminist graffiti action in Saint-Petersburg in the eve of 8th of March.
Page 8: Comrade Ukrop tells how and why he threw a pie at Eduard Limonov, leader of the National-Bolshevik Party. Announcement about G8 protests coming up in Scotland.
Page 9: "Masses rush to love president". Leaflet and report from anarchist subversion in a pro-presidential demonstration of 12th of February. See English version in


Page 10: "Anarchist movement in Turkey - events and projects of the last two years" by Batur Özdinç. See English version in
Page 12: Lessons to coppers in Australia and Greece, protests against the Bush inauguration in USA, Chechen refugee hungerstrike in Poland.
Page 13: Protests against the visit of Putin to Poland, "About the catastrophical consequences of inequality between people", a column about tsunami and not only by Komuana.
Page 14: "Twilight of half-idols", another column by Komuana on the "triumph of democracy" in Iraq and Ukraine. G8 preparation meeting in Tubingen, Germany, support squat "Les 400 Couverts" of Grenoble!, announcement about upcoming protests against Council of Europe in Warsaw.

Social news

Page 16: Indigenious people in Sakhalin protests against oil corporations, protests against urban densification in Kiev, protest for access to drugs for HIV positive prisoners in Moscow
Page 17: New housing law, SOBR special forces demonste liberation of hostages to journalists in Kemerovo, but forget to tell them that it was just a demonstration and not for real... "Homeless", a column by Gibel.
Page 18: 3000 people put under siege the city council of Izhevsk, Republic of Udmurtia on the 1st of March, bus drivers in a wildcat strike in Tambov on the 1st of March, Anti-war festival "Krik" in Moscow on the 14th of February, Chernobyl victims protest in Krasnoyarsk, firemen and police lose their exemption from the army (we are not sorry for the pigs though!).
Page 19: Workers of Yasnogorsk car plant protest against lockout, 60 inhabitants of a collapsing dormatory begin a hungerstrike in Samara, 11 soldiers in Ingushetia announce that officers attempted to force them to subscribe a professional contract, and that they will desert if they are sent to serve in Chechnya, 1000 mothers of Beslan demonstrate without permission in Vladikavkaz with a slogan "terrorism of governement is worse than Al-Qaida". Murmansk anarchists are sued after organising a breakout march from a protest against abolition of free social benefits on the 23rd of January. (see for English report)


Page 20: "Demonetization as a first step towards libertarian communism", A. Tushin about neo-liberal myths, free collective transport and why protesting against the abolition of free social benefits is not pleaing mercy from the state.
Page 21: "Price of head will be defined once and for all", Marina writes about reform of educational system in Russia. You bet we do not like it! Announcement about anarcho-bus project coming to Russia in the summer of 2005.
Page 22: Polina Eliseyevna writes about student protests in the Institute of History and Culture, a small commercial university in Moscow.
Page 24: "60 years from the victory - truth and fantasy". Pavel Sentyabrskiy trashes usual myths bouncing around the 9th of May in Russia, such as the "Soviet Union was an unexpecting victim of a cowardly attack", "Soviet people were united in face of the aggression" and "Soviet army liberated world from brown pest, and brought freedom to many people". Announcement of Kino-klub "Diversiya"in Samara.

Zones of conflict

Page 26: "Pipeline guard", Delph from Irkutsk writes about shady dealings around plans to build a 4000 kilometer oil pipeline from central Siberia to Pacific Ocean.


Page 27: "The Free Software Movement - Anarchism in Action", a slightly shortened translation of an article by Asa Winstanley, see

Anarchist Black Cross

Page 30: Anarchists arrested in Aachen
Page 31: Interview of a recently deceased Spanish anarchist prison rebel Xose Tarrio.
Page 33: Free Ojore Nuru Lutalo!

Mother of order # 9 - anarcho-feminist bulletin inside Avtonom

Page 33: "Production of mothers in Soviet Union", article by Natalia Chernyayeva originally published in "Gendernye issledivaniya" #12, 2004.
Page 37: "Personal becomes political" by Ulyana

Kind fists - skinhead bulletin inside Avtonom

Page 38: Belarussian Street Punk meeting 2004: Toro Bravo from Lithuania and local bands tour Grodno, Brest and Lida. Violence, nazi assault, police brutality, OMON - what else one may ask for a great party! Originally published in #5 of "Lysye Novosty" zine of Grodno SHARP.
Page 41: Skinhead press - Lysye Novosty, Laces out from Minsk, Streetprint from Perm and Scunx times from Kirov reviewed by ZOG.

Radical lazybones #7 - paper version of

Page 42: "Role of work in transferring a human to a horse", by Polina Eliseyevna
Page 43 Adbusting in Moscow metro on New Year's eve, picket at office of Rosugol in Moscow in support of 66 year old Vasiliy Torgashev and other betrayed miners, new independent union for knowledge workers in Moscow, succesfull wildcat strike by coaches in consctuction site of DON-stroy in Moscow.


Page 44: "We are stupid people" - an interview with a political performance group from Moscow.


Page 46: "Natural history of the rich" by Richard Conniff, "Lovers" by Elfrida Elinek.

Pages 47-48: Contacts, poem "Black flag" by Gibel (second part).

(part two)

Pages 4-6: Russian news - Workers strike in city of Kropotkin against takeover of their factory, rebirth of squat Pekarnia with new name - Klizma, Anti-repression action in Krasnodar, concert for anarchist political prisoner Dimitri Ryabinin in Moscow, informal meeting of Autonomous Action in Moscow, African students protest against racist murder in Voronezh, hungerstrike in Sankt-Petersburg prisons, Seminar on ecological sabotage in Nizhni Novgorod, scandal in Kem of Karelian republic, action against fascist Movement Against Illegal Immigration in Moscow, anarchists in Nizhni Novgorod and Moscow demonstrate against new forest codex, anti-fascist demonstration in Sankt-Petersburg, "Case of doctors - 2".

Pages 7-8: Reports from anarchist and anti-authoritarian activities against War in Chechnya in 60th anniversary of deportation of Chechnyans and Ingushetians 23rd of February 2004. Movie screenings in Kazan, graffiti action in Rostov-na-Donu, guerilla theatre in Yekaterinburg, pickets and meetings in Izhevsk and Samara, non-legalised demonstrations in Vsevolzhk and Moscow.

Page 9: Announcements of (then) upcoming actions - Marihuana march in Moscow, festival for 190th Jubilee of Bakunin in his birthplace Pryamuhino, general meeting of Autonomous Action coming up in Ivanovo next August, radical ecological protest camp coming up in Perm, 3rd European PGA conference coming up in Belgrade in July.

First hand accounts

Page 10: Ukrop's impressions from Nestor Makhno 115th birthday march in Moscow 8th of November 2003.

Theory of resistance

Page 11: Critique of the bourgeois concept of human rights by Mihail Magid.

Page 13: Translated fragments from Situationist classic "On the poverty of student life" by Mustafa Hayati, previously unpublished in Russian language.


Page 15: "A place under the sun", on grassroots community groups organising against excessive tightening of urban planning in Moscow.

Zones of conflict

Page 18: "Mikluho-Maklaya street", on the life of foreign students in Moscow

Page 19: "I'll change my rifle for a ticket to Tambov", on graffiti by the Russian soldiers located in Chechnya. Graffiti from which the header of the article was based on was painted by soldiers on a dormatory wall in Oktyabrski suburb of Grozny.

Page 20: A call for an international day of action against war in Chechnya by Moscow anarchists.

Page 21: Was Bakunin a nationalist? Mihail Magid comments: "...anarchists take positions against anti-german and anti-semite feelings of Bakunin. Today, the nationalism of Bakunin may only attract fascists from NBP and other such trash."

Page 22: "Language of hostility". On media image of illegal immigrants by V.N. Titov.

Mother of order - anarcho-feminist bulletin inside Avtonom

Page 25: "A ring of powerlesness". On the anarchist position on abortion.

Page 26: "A slap to the face of social taste" - anarcho-feminists demonstrate in Moscow 8th of March

Page 27: "Say NO to barbie dolls" - an article about the internet-movement unforeseen in Russia to have Alena Pisklova, normal-looking Moscovite to represent Russia in the Miss Univerise contest coming up in Equador. Organisers of the interenet-voting eventually fraudulently removed Alena Pisklova from the contest when it became evident that she would gain a landslide victory. .

Kind fists - bulletin for skinheads

Page 28: Interview with fans of FC Saint Pauli

Page 29: Proletarian counter-culture in Russian periphery - an interview with oi!-band Klowns from Kirov

Radical lazybones #5 - workers issue bulletin of Moscow Autonomous Action is now an appendix of Avtonom

Page 30: Employer of the issue - SAVVA Holding from Moscow. Former employee tells how she is happy to have survived alive an inspection of the "security department", which suspected her of an attempt to gather adepts to a sect among other employers....

Page 31: "Proletarian internet", sites recommended by - yet another site to be added to a growing list of worker-maintained sites against McDonald's, by Kazakhstan workers of Philip Morris, - antijob of Omsk, Siberia. Information about common project by and to gain rights for Moscow workers without residence permission.

Anarchist Black Cross

Page 32: Coverage on the case of Jeffrey "Free" Luers, American anarchists sentenced to 23 years for a minor ecological sabotage.

Page 33: Coverage on the case of Tomas Wilkoszevski, anti-fascist jailed in Poland for 15 years. What one should remember when writing letters to prisoners.

In the world

Page 34: "Aegean sea belows to its fishes". History of the Greek anarchist movement, first parts deals with its emergance from under the black colonel's junta in 70's. To be continued in the next issue of Avtonom.


Page 37: Interview with "Acid Umbrellas" from Yekaterinburg.

Page 42: Avtonom and DIY - the editorial collective explains its position.


Page 38: "Against dogmas". Petr Ryabov replies to the provocative article of Ivan Nopasaran on "anarchist realism", published in the last issue of Avtonom.

Book reviews

Page 40: Russian edition of "Philosophy of Punk. More than a noise!" by Craig O'Hara, Anthology of modern anarchism and left-wing radicalism, "White on Black" by Ruben David Gonzales Galierro, and "Revolutionary suicide" by Huey Newton.

Page 44: Poem "Squares" by Vladimir Lifshits.

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Note: The English in this version of the text has been made a little more readable for and the order of text arranged a little. See ainfos for the original translation

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