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(en) Derry Anarchists: Today Mark's the 86th anniversary of the death of revolutionary anarchist Nestor Makhno.

Date Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:31:51 +0300

The anarchist mass movement Makhnoshcina, that was named after him, liberated vast parts of the Ukraine between 1917 and 1921. The revolution in the Ukraine was eventually defended against the reaction under the most adverse circumstances, but ultimately shattered by the bloody betrayal of the Bolsheviks. ---- Makhno himself was one of the signatories of the Organisational Platform of the General Anarchist Union of 1926, marking the birth of Platformism and a vital lesson in the defeat of the anarchist movement in the Soviet Union. ---- For many Makhno is certainly not an undisputed figure of our movements history. Like most of his achievements, he faced many scurrilous tirades directed towards him from being nothing more that a ignorant, simple bandit to him being antisemitic. Of course all are little more than the typical diatribe of normal Bolshevik slander towards anarchists generally and without any foundation.

In the years that followed the eventual defeat of the Ukrainian Revolution, Makhno sadly died in virtual isolation. On this day, July 6th 1934 he died in exile in Paris many kilometres from his native Ukraine. A death not worthy of such an outstanding revolutionary.

Let us not forget the contribution Makhno made to the anarchist movement internationally and every thing he has done to further assist the foundation for today's liberation of our class.

His writings can be found at the following links:
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