Anarchists in the Gulag (and prison and exile)

Bolshevik repression of anarchists after 1917

Memorial: “Opposition and resistance of Russia’s socialists and anarchists”

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Just had a message from the people at Memorial (K. Morozov to be precise). The good news is they are producing ‘an encyclopaedic dictionary “Opposition and resistance of Russia’s socialists and anarchists to the Bolshevik regime (October 1917 – mid-20th century)’.

Also he mentions ‘Anarchists in the GULAG’ is not strictly accurate… His message follows:

As a group of authors (including A. Dubovik who is the curator of anarchist section) we are working on
compiling an encyclopaedic dictionary “Opposition and resistance of Russia’s socialists and anarchists to the Bolshevik regime (October 1917 – mid-20th century)” (supervised by K. N. Morozov, Doctor of History) –
http://socialist.memo.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=901
The project will extensively cover the problems of prison resistance and generally fates of anarchists and socialists in political isolators and concentration camps. I have to mention that we try not to refer to this as “Anarchists in the GULAG” or “Socialists in the GULAG” because their prison epic has started in 1918, long before the very GULAG system was created. And the majority of them, paradoxically enough, didn’t spend any time in the GULAG camps, moving from concentration camps to political isolators and exile. In early to mid-thirties they got into political isolators from exile, and then were sentenced to death. At least such a picture is visible as regards the socialist-revolutionaries. We are interested in co-operation with everyone who has professional interest in these problems, and are open to co-operation.

(Thanks to Szarapow for translation.)

The memorial website is at http://socialist.memo.ru/

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Written by gulaganarchists

8, September 2008 at 7:29 pm

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