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(en) Russia, Welcome to anarchist festival "Black Petrograd -04"!

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Date Thu, 16 Sep 2004 08:14:28 +0200 (CEST)

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Autumn in Russia began with a wave of terror. Death of hostages
during the raid of school in Beslan is used by power for
strengthening president's rule. We are promised "elections" of
governors of republics from among candidates chosen by president
only, army of ministry of internal affairs taking constant control
over the regions, Duma to be formed only from candidates of
marionette parties, and a new wave of state political terror under
banner of "fight against extremism". This is the biggest maneuver
of rulers of Russia to consolidate their power during the last 11
years. And still we may hardly be surprised - there is little
doubt that security services are up for a total control over the
society. Goal of such a control is not security of the people, but
absolute power of the state.

Anarchists were always, and will always be enemies of the state
dictatorship. Right now our goal is mobilization and organization
against regime of terror. Attack which state has declared in all
fronts must be met with resistance. We must strengthen our efforts,
and coordinate them not only with anarchists of Russia, but with
comrades of other countries as well.

We invite all anarchists and all enemies of state, power and
authoritarism to anarchist festival "Black Petrograd - 04", which
will be organized in Saint Petersburg from 6th to 8th of November,
dates which coincide with 116th birthday of Nestor Ivanovich Makhno
and 87th anniversary of revolutionary October of the year 1917.

Initiative group from individual members of Moscow group of Autonomous
Action and Association of Anarchist Movements group of Saint Petersburg


Preliminary program of the festival:

Saturday 6th of November

11:00 - Lecture and seminar on history of the Makhnovist movement
14:00 - Meeting "Against regime of terror"
17:00 - Video screenings of anarchist actions in Russia 2003-2004
19:00 - Concert

Sunday 7th of November

10:00 - Anarchist block in general demonstration to commemorate
events of the year 1917.
16:00 - Discussion on theme "Anarchy against regime of terror"
19:00 - Concert

Monday 8th of November (holiday in Russia)

11:00 - Discussion on theme "Perspectives and strategy of the
anarchist movement"
13:00 - Anarchist tourism - excursion to sites of the city connected
with history of our

This is a very preliminary variant of the program, changes are
possible. We welcome any propositions, such as for other workshops
or discussions!

We have planned a small participation fee for people from the West
in order to cover our costs. It will be no more than 8 euros, and
it will cover entrance to concerts and a very modest night shelter.
If you would prefer hostel or hotel instead, write to us and we'll
see what we may do. Discussions and lectures will be translated to
English, but we would be happy to have more translators.

There will be buses from Helsinki 12 AM every day (they arrive to
Saint Petersburg around 9 PM), buses leave back from Saint
Petersburg 9 PM and they will be in Helsinki around
5 AM next morning. We will try to organize more convenient rides
(later in the afternoon of Friday 5th, and more early in Monday 8th).
These buses will cost around 10 euros to one direction, and there is
no chance to have a ticket reservation without payment.

Currently short-term single entry Russian visa costs 40 euros in
Helsinki (or more, depending on your nationality). We hope to have
someone to help you with visas in Helsinki soon, but even if we had
a volunteer, you must get your passport to him until morning of 29th
of October, or take care about your visa on your own.

In case you have any questions, or you are interested to participate,
mail to spt2003@email.com.

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