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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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"
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
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 http://antijob.nm.ru
Page 42: "Role of work in transferring a human to a horse", by
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).
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
Page 13: Translated fragments from Situationist classic "On the
poverty of student life" by Mustafa Hayati, previously unpublished in
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
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
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
antijob.nm.ru: kompaktor.narod.ru - yet another site to be added to a
growing list of worker-maintained sites against McDonald's,
delo-tabak.narod.ru by Kazakhstan workers of Philip Morris,
plohoitrud.nm.ru - antijob of Omsk, Siberia. Information about common
project by nelegal.ru and antijob.nm.ru 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
Page 37: Interview with "Acid Umbrellas" from Yekaterinburg.
Page 42: Avtonom and DIY - the editorial collective explains its
Page 38: "Against dogmas". Petr Ryabov replies to the provocative
article of Ivan Nopasaran on "anarchist realism", published in the
last issue of Avtonom.
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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