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(en) Russia, Avtonom#21 - "An unhappy anniversary"

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Date Fri, 17 Oct 2003 20:59:47 +0200 (CEST)

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Russian version of the following article will be published in Avtonom #21.
Read more about Avtonom from http://www.avtonom.org
A decade has passed since the bloody October events in Moscow 1993.
Events, which some (such as Zyuganov, Glazev and Anpilov) call "
Yeltsinite coup", and others (such as Chubais and Gaidar) call "attempt
of a red-brown putch". And both sides have much right in these
definitions. During those days, when these two enraged branches
of power, who felt the living space provided for them by the
constitution too narrow and decided to set their records straight
in the middle of Moscow by shooting each other with attack rifles
and tanks, from the two sides of the conflict anarchist, as they have
used to, chose the third - side of the suffering people.

Anarchists and other left-wing radicals set up a first-aid brigade named
after Maximilian Voloshin, to commemorate a great poet, close to
anarchism, who during civil war chose an independent humanitarian
position, and helped all persecuted people. This first-aid brigade
was active in barricades of the
Smolensk square 2nd of October 1993, during withdrawal of the
blockade around White house 3rd of October, during assault against
mayor's office, during battle of Ostankino and still during 5th of
October during massive repressions and executions by winners, who
were drunken from blood.

We helped everybody - peaceful demonstrators, defenders of the White
house (although these were defending different things: some "Holy
Russia", some "democracy and legality", some "Soviet Union), and even
cops. We did not had much of experience, only few drugs and
proffecional medics, we were around twenty anarchists and left-wing
radicals under gunfire, giving first aid to wounded and carrying to cars
corpses of those who did not needed any help anymore.

We could not defend barricades of the likes of Barkashov and Anpilov,
since they were not our barricades. But we either could together
with Yeltsinite opritchniks to crush heads of people with batons and
shell White house from tanks. But we could not stay ignorant during the
events. On those days Moscow organisation of Conference of
Anarcho-Syndicalists (KAS) made a leaflet, calling every participator
of the conflict not to sacrifice their lifes for selfish interests of
the politicians. When anarchists where distributing these leaflets around
city council, around which Gaidar had invited thousands of Yeltsin
supporters (already drunken from happiness of the victory), our
comrades were almost beaten up. This was while other anarchists were
participating to the first aid brigade named after Maksimilian Voloshin.

So, no matter how bitterly we remember the events 10 years ago and
hundreds of killed people, there is nothing we should be ashamed of.
One anarchist, who then happened to be in the very center of the
events, who managed to stab a nazi while on barricades around White house,
was twice arrested and only due to good luck escaped execution,
will soon publish an autobiographical book dealing with those events
(in case you are interested, contact editorial collective of Avtonom or

2nd of October this year we, veterans of the M. Voloshin first aid brigade
(participators of which were anarchists, members of
Democratical Union DS, narodniks and human rights activists from
Memorial), gathered to commemorate this unhappy birthday. Among
many greetings said in this meeting was also the following:
"I hope to live to see the day when I will build the barricade which
I would not be ashamed of to defend".

Pavel Sentyabrski

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