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(en) avtonom.org - To Russian comrades: an appeal from the "Anarchist Struggle" of Rojava

Date Fri, 7 Aug 2020 09:10:57 +0300


[Fighters of the Tekosîna Anarsîst unit sent a strong message to the Russian anarchists in the wake of the Network case. We have received the text by email and are happy to publish it. The "Anarchist Struggle" is an association of volunteer anarchists from around the world who are taking part in the revolution in Rojava with arms in hand. -- Avtonom.org] ---- We followed the Network case until the very end of the trial. We wish our comrades to be strong and use the time in prison for learning, self-education, and also to maintain and strengthen the revolutionary spirit and human dignity. Come out of this ordeal stronger than before. We wish everyone to be released as soon as possible. Torture can break, injure, and kill a person, but it will never kill our ideas. We know that difficult dilemmas have arisen during the process. We also know that many people stopped supporting certain persons involved in the case because of their actions, views and decisions before and during the Network case. Now that the trial is over, we want to wish something to our comrades from Russia.

Resolution of contradictions
All of us and, in particular, comrades from the post-Soviet space, need to analyze the Network case and learn from its contradictions. This process was devastating for many people and took up a lot of resources. Now the comrades need to be able to become stronger than before and maintain their fortitude. We all need to think about how to deal with the events and consequences of this case as a movement responsible for its comrades, not just as individuals and groups of friends. Repression is part of our reality in the struggle for a stateless society. We should expect them and be prepared for them.

It also means that we should not indulge in the illusion that we can avoid reprisals from the Russian or other state if we "behave well" from their point of view, "do not act badly" so that we are not imprisoned. Whatever we do, comrades, we will not be good for the Russian or any other state. And this is not what we should strive for. We should abandon the categories and dichotomies of legality and illegality established by law. In the course of all the processes in recent years, and in everyday life, the people of Russia have faced injustice from the corrupt legal system. Instead of legality, they should be guided much more by a deep sense of legitimacy. Many of our comrades can understand this very well after the Network case. As soon as we are fighting for a change in the country, this path will require many sacrifices and dedication in the confrontation with the police state in Russia. And this means that even more comrades will go to prisons and even more contradictions and challenges will arise before us. We must be prepared for them and be able to overcome problems like the ones we saw in the Network case by meeting them face to face, and not let them introduce discord between our comrades and undermine our culture and solidarity.

We must be able to fight for real change in a long revolutionary organizational process. Its scope is wider than the length of our lives.

To do this, we need to find solutions to the conflicts, contradictions and divisions that have occurred over the past ten years in the Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian anarchist environment.

This environment should be less of a "stage" and begin to develop as a movement. We already know that it cannot be a political party, but it must also stop reproducing the toxic relationships that are present in capitalist society. This movement cannot be authoritarian.

It must have autonomous feminine and non-masculine structures that will ensure inclusiveness, diversity of life experiences and solutions to the oppression faced by women and LGBTQIAs. Not at the liberal or parliamentary level, but at the social, liberation and radical level.

The topic of patriarchy is one of the main problems of anarchist movements in post-Soviet countries and should be dealt with as a fundamental problem in our society.

At the same time, people in Russia are faced with a brutal police state and its inherited ex-Gulag prison system, monstrous and absurd criminal trials and the realities of survival under capitalism. Over the years, we have seen the growth of conservatism and chauvinism as the Orthodox Church strengthens and the hegemony of the political regime of the Russian state.

To be able to survive and create a revolutionary movement, we need to develop effective libertarian mechanisms of liberation. We cannot fight against each other, instead we need to build comradeship and fight together for a better and freer life. Because of these and many other problems mentioned above, we can feel lonely, alien, divorced from the preparation of the revolution. And when the police knock on our door, we will not be ready for this, since we do not have a strong movement behind our back. A movement that can provide meaning and strong motivation to fight and defend your principles when faced with the state machine. For this, struggle must also be accessible to people with different capabilities and different needs.

If this does not happen, then in the next waves of repression we will see more Russian comrades leaving the country because of these repressions, unable to rely on some organized movement to protect themselves. In addition, we need to develop a different approach and become the fighters who will create such a movement. Without a fighting wing, we cannot have long-lived and strong organization and movement. And without organization, without movement, we will not have a fighting wing - only individual people who will fight like semi-isolated participants in the "scene" or a group of friends until they burn out like matches. As a result, this leads to the fact that people give up dreams of revolution, partnership and the struggle for a free life, abandoning this struggle to protect their privacy and personal survival under capitalism.

Need to understand and practice self-defense
Russia needs a strong movement that will provide a solid political and social base for people's self-organization. He needs a solid political foundation and perspective, a thorough analysis and understanding of the current realities and situation. In Russia and other post-Soviet countries, it is impossible to ignore the fundamental problems of the prison and judicial systems, patriarchy and misogynistic, homophobic violence, fierce struggle in the economic realities of capitalism and its impact on the environment. The reality in which we live is shaped by these and many other problems, such as Russian colonialism, and we need this understanding to become a coherent, interconnected basis for the struggle. On this basis, we want to recognize cultural, linguistic, physical, material and spiritual patterns as equal dimensions of resistance. This opens up new dimensions and new areas for struggle. How do we rethink self-defense if we recognize that the existence of the state and its institutions, patriarchal ideas in everyday relations, and the power of coercion are themselves social war? We need to make self-defense the core of our revolutionary culture. Creating mechanisms that prevent hierarchies from emerging and empower communal structures is self-defense. When we experience repression, protect people trapped in the millstones of the state apparatus and create networks of mutual assistance, we are engaged in self-defense. Self-defense squads and collective physical defense units are probably the most widely recognized form of self-defense. that the existence of the state and its institutions, patriarchal ideas in everyday relations, and the power of coercion are themselves a social war? We need to make self-defense the core of our revolutionary culture. Creating mechanisms that prevent hierarchies from emerging and empower communal structures is self-defense. When we go through repression, protect people trapped in the millstones of the state apparatus and create networks of mutual assistance, we are engaged in self-defense. Self-defense squads and collective physical defense units are probably the most widely recognized form of self-defense. that the existence of the state and its institutions, patriarchal ideas in everyday relations, and the power of coercion are themselves a social war? We need to make self-defense the core of our revolutionary culture. Creating mechanisms that prevent hierarchies from emerging and empower communal structures is self-defense. When we go through repression, protect people trapped in the millstones of the state apparatus and create networks of mutual assistance, we are engaged in self-defense. Self-defense squads and collective physical defense units are probably the most widely recognized form of self-defense. Creating mechanisms that prevent hierarchies from emerging and empower communal structures is self-defense. When we go through repression, protect people trapped in the millstones of the state apparatus and create networks of mutual assistance, we are engaged in self-defense. Self-defense squads and collective physical defense units are probably the most widely recognized form of self-defense. Creating mechanisms that prevent hierarchies from emerging and empower communal structures is self-defense. When we go through repression, protect people trapped in the millstones of the state apparatus and create networks of mutual assistance, we are engaged in self-defense. Self-defense squads and collective physical defense units are probably the most widely recognized form of self-defense.

When we are able to forge strong community bonds and care for each other with greater confidence in our abilities, we lay the foundation for self-defense. By creating autonomous feminine and non-binary structures to ensure inclusiveness and the active eradication of patriarchal, capitalist traits in ourselves and our fellows, we fight the most powerful enemy within us for self-defense and camaraderie. Kinship and close connection with the land and nature in all its forms, its preservation is self-defense.

Remembering our lost comrades or protecting other people, nature and society, as well as supporting those who have been imprisoned, is self-defense.

Strong spiritual, mental and physical health is fundamental to self-defense, as are ways to help us heal, recover, and reconcile with ourselves and with the communities around us. Creating your own propaganda, media and communication channels is an extremely important aspect of self-defense. Learning and practice to acquire skills is essential to the success of self-defense. And sometimes the most effective self-defense is offense.

In conclusion, we would like to wish success and strength to our comrades from the post-Soviet countries. Take care of each other so that we can all be strong together! No constitutions or laws, no states or their leaders can give freedom, justice and equality to people.

We can only create them ourselves.

Anarchist Struggle
July 2020

https://avtonom.org/freenews/rossiyskim-tovarishcham-obrashchenie-anarhistskoy-borby
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