Anarchists in the Gulag (and prison and exile)

Bolshevik repression of anarchists after 1917

Arendarenko’s odyssey

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“In 1937–1938 the last anarchists in the USSR were physically eliminated by Stalin’s terror. One exception was the Ukrainian anarchist Ignaty Vasilevich Arendarenko (1898–after 1953). A native of Poltava, he joined the anarchist movement in 1919, taking part in the Poltava branch of the Nabat Anarchist Confederation and the Makhnovist movement. From 1926 to 1936 Arendarenko was either in prison or serving terms of exile. Possessed of excellent survival skills, when he had the opportunity in 1936 he began to live illegally, spending the next few years in Ukraine. Dodging first Stalin’s agents, then the Nazis, he was finally swept up in a raid in 1944 and sent to Austria as a “guest” worker. After the war he lived in Western Europe, contributing articles to the Russian-American journal Dielo Truda-Probuzhdenie (DTP). In 1952 he emigrated to Mexico. In the following article written for DTP, Arendarenko honours the memory of the fellow anarchists (and others) he met in the Soviet justice system.”

The article, What I Saw and Experienced by Ignaty Vasilevich Arendarenko (1898–after 1953) can be read at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/pc87xw
Big thanks to Malcolm Archibald from Black Cat Press for translation and editing.

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11, May 2019 at 4:39 pm

The Funeral of Sazhin-Ross

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The funeral of P. A. Kropotkin on February 13, 1921, has often been described as the last public manifestation of the anarchist movement in Russia, at least until the final years of the Soviet era. But another funeral took place in 1934 in Moscow that also provided an opportunity for the display of anarchist sympathies. The occasion was the death on January 8 of Mikhail Petrovich Sazhin, born 1845, in his youth a close associate of M. A. Bakunin… [read the rest on the Kate Sharpley Library site https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/p2nj3h]

Translation and notes by Malcolm Archibald.

From: Delo Trouda-Probouzhdenie, No. 34 (November–December 1950), pp. 22–23.

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11, February 2019 at 11:29 am

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Faces from the anarchist past: Nabat anarchists in prison

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…probably in 1922.

They are:

Front row left to right: A. I. Levada, Ivan Charin, Liya Gotman, Aron Baron
Back row left to right: Rebeka Yaroshevskaya, Alexey Olonetsky, [not Aleksandr but] V.I. Protsenko, Anton Shlakovoy

taken from the KSL website, where there’s more information (and a correction) https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/bvq9fq

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9, February 2019 at 4:36 pm

Russian antifascists fundraiser (this is not historical)

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** Russian anti-fascists under attack: Urgent fundraiser launched **
Russian anti-fascists are struggling against a brutal wave of repression which has featured kidnappings, savage beatings, torture and fabricated court cases. Eleven anti-fascists are facing lengthy jail sentences. We are calling for everybody opposed to racism, xenophobia, fascism and the upsurge of far-right populism sweeping the world to help raise funds.

Please donate now at the link below. Solidarity is a weapon.

https://www.firefund.net/rupression

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15, December 2018 at 4:38 pm

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The Lost Memoirs of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Isaak Tarasiuk

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“In January 1929, during the search conducted at the time of my arrest, my memoirs were seized. They were written by me for the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution.

I would like to recover these memoirs so I can use them as the basis for the memoirs I’m currently working on for the 50th anniversary of October.”

More details at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2jm776

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15, December 2018 at 4:29 pm

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Dina Tsoyrif by Nick Heath

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Dora Isaakovna Tsoyrif was born into a Jewish family in Kiev. There is some confusion about the name of her father as her patronymic is sometimes given as Nikolaevna. In addition she used the first name of Dina in preference to Dora.  Her sisters and brothers ended up in Odessa, Kiev, and the USA. She graduated from a gymnasium (high school) and became an anarchist communist in 1917. She participated in an anarchist detachment in Ukraine and the Don during the Civil War in 1918.

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24, November 2018 at 5:54 pm

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Some articles on Russian anarchist history

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“Declaration of the Melekessian Group of Anarcho-Communists” from Anarkhia (Moscow, 1918, Translation and notes by Malcolm Archibald) at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rjdhbw

“A Conversation with P. A. Kropotkin” From: Life and Creative Work of Russian Youth, (No. 32-33, May 18, 1919; Translation and notes by Malcolm Archibald) at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/6t1h77

“The English Master” by Aleksandr Moiseyevich Atabekian (From: Pochin, No. 6, June 1920; Translation and notes by Malcolm Archibald) https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/41nt6h

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Stürmer, Kira Arkadievna (1898-1937) by Nick Heath https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/xd26w8

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10, November 2018 at 7:44 pm

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