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(en) Russia, Siberian anarchist Igor Podshivalov (1962 - 2006)

Date Sun, 20 Aug 2006 08:19:14 +0300


Igor Podshivalov, probably the most well-known siberian anarchist,
died at the age of 44 in Shelekhov, Irkutsk region after a car accident.
Igor Podshivalov was born on the 2nd of August 1962. In 1981, being
a philology student in Irkutsk university, he created an anarchist
commune and published essays on Bakunin and Kropotkin in samizdat
(self-published) magazines "Archivarius" and "Svecha" (Candle).
In 1988 Podshivalov was one of the founders of Socialist club - the
first legal organisation which included anarchists in Irkutsk. Then he
participated in the creation of Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists
(KAS) and in all of its conferences (including Baikal conference of
siberian anarchists in summer 1990) when the confederation was
active (from late 1989 until mid-1990s).
In Irkutsk in late 1980s Podshivalov participated in defending of
house on Fourier street, from which the authorities wanted to evict
people. There was a criminal case against the defendants, followed
by a hunger strike and a meeting with a governor.
In spring 1991 Podshivalov was one of the people who organised
collecting food and money for the Kuzbass strikers' committees. In
August 1991 he was in Moscow, on the barricades near the White
house with other anarchists.
In mid-1990 he was travelling to anti-nuclear camps in Volgodonsk,
Rostov region (1997), Temelin, Czech Republic (1997) and Kola
peninsula (1998).
For many years Podshivalov has been working as a journalist. His
articles appeared in anarchist publications like "Svecha", "Obschina"
(Commune), "KAS-Contact", "Volya" (Freedom or Will), "Sibirsky
Trakt" (Siberian Road), "Pryamaya Rech" (Direct Speech) as well as
in many newspapers of Irkutsk region. He is also an author of a book
about siberian rebellions against bolshevik power, which is not
published yet.

On the 4th of August Igor was hit by a car near Shelekhov town in
Irkutsk region. He got numerous injuries, including brain damage,
and died on the 8th of August.

Written and translated by russian and siberian anarchist comrades,
using informations from the websites
http://ru.indymedia.org and http://babr.ru
Pictures of Igor here -
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/15345/index.php
Links to some of Podshivalov's articles (in Russian) can be found
here - http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/15344/index.php

***
On a tragic coincidence, another anarchist activist named Nastya
died in Irkutsk on the 4th of August after she got hit by a train.
Nastya was playing bass in a hardcore-punk band, participated in
local Food Not Bombs group and in antifascist activities.
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