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(en) Russia, avtonom: Growing the Future: Trends in Order and Chaos Episode 70 (September 4) (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:48:50 +0300
Hi all! Today is Sunday, September 4th and we continue our podcast "Trends of
Order and Chaos". This is the 70th anniversary episode. Here are the highlights
on the agenda for the past week. ---- Listen on SoundCloud ---- Visas will not be
easy ---- In previous episodes of the podcast, we have already talked about
discussions about stopping the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians as a
"punishment" for the aggressive war unleashed by the Kremlin. ---- As a result,
the European Union has already finally decided that it will suspend the issuance
of visas to Russian citizens in a simplified manner. Maybe you didn't know, but
in recent years, the inhabitants of the Russian Federation have been, in a sense,
a privileged caste and received Schengen visas cheaper and faster than it should
be according to the standard.
Now getting a European visa will become twice as expensive and longer, as well as
fewer multiple-entry visas will be issued. Of course, we are in favor of the
abolition of all national borders, but even without regard to this, the decision
of the European Union is rather idiotic. It turns out that now it will be much
more difficult for poor Russians who are not connected with the state to get into
the EU. The families of oligarchs or agents of the Russian special services will
not have any problems either with paying the fee or with waiting a little longer
- they plan everything in advance. But ordinary residents of the Russian
Federation will become much more cut off from the world for purely economic
reasons: because they cannot afford to pay for a visa.
In a sense, a total visa ban would be even more effective. At the very least, it
would create problems for those who are affiliated with the Kremlin regime, too,
and most importantly, it would be some kind of loud statement that, they say,
it's not about money, but we just don't want to see tourists from the aggressor
country . And the way it is done now... Well, the average Russian will simply
decide that the European Union wanted to earn extra money on the air. It is clear
that European politicians are simply pleasing their voters and doing "something
to support Ukraine." But in this case, it would really be better to do nothing at
Death of Gorbachev
On August 30, Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and last president of the USSR, died.
Mikhail Sergeevich was a controversial personality, and we are far from elevating
him to the rank of a saint, as many representatives of the so-called democratic
opposition do. Yes, he played a certain role in the disintegration of the
state-capitalist system of the Soviet Union - but at the same time he was the
flesh of the flesh of this very system. Under Gorbachev, dissidents were
imprisoned and special forces were sent to kill peaceful protesters in the squares.
Gorbachev began reforming the Soviet system not because he was some special
righteous man or opponent of centralized quasi-socialism. It's just that the
logic of historical development led the USSR to a simple choice: either reforms
or catastrophic destruction. The reforms did not save him either, but that's
another story. In general, Gorbachev's personal merits are extremely few here. He
was not the devil in the flesh, of course, but not a harbinger of a brighter
By the way, the anarchist newspaper Volya recalls in this connection how on May
1, 1990, the first street demonstration of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Confederation
took place in Moscow. The demonstration marched along Red Square past Lenin's
mausoleum. As was customary among the Soviet leaders, Gorbachev at that moment
stood on the Mausoleum, like "welcoming the columns of workers." But as soon as
he saw the black flags of the anarchists, he immediately ran away from this
podium somewhere. May it continue to be so with all the so-called leaders of the
FSB against the army
As the journalists found out, back in June, in the parts of Ukraine occupied by
Russia, military and FSB officers shot at each other. It happened in Kherson - in
a cafe where these same military and FSB officers valiantly drank. They did this,
of course, with weapons. Well, they didn't share anything. As a result of a
shootout between two soldiers and four Chekists, two FSB officers and one soldier
died on the spot, one FSB officer escaped somewhere, the rest ended up in the
hospital with injuries.
Probably, the "heroic liberators" of the Russian world were simply nervous at the
thought of the possible capture of Kherson by the Ukrainian army. All this, of
course, resembles a joke about a toad and a viper, and we have no sympathy for
either side. Only from a purely practical point of view it is interesting: it
turns out that the soldiers of the Russian Federation in a shootout are much more
effective than the FSB officers. Either this is due to the fact that they had a
machine gun, or the "office" ones were completely lazy in their warm positions.
In any case, you need to follow the news: firstly, it's funny, and secondly, who
knows what the lines of confrontation will be in the future and who will shoot whom.
What to do after the victory of Ukraine
By the way, about the future. With all these explosions in Crimea and the
"counter-offensive of Ukraine" (which either began or not), I want to think about
what is coming.
Most likely, Russia will not win a conventional (non-nuclear) war against the
whole world. Let's assume that Putin does not dare to use nuclear weapons and the
war in Ukraine does not develop into a world war. There is a chance that in this
case, within a year, Ukrainian troops (and possibly some others) will be on the
so-called ancestral territory of Russia. They will storm Moscow in the same way
that in 1945 Soviet troops stormed Berlin.
What should anarchists do in this situation? Ukrainian troops in the role of
attacker and invader, of course, will no longer look as attractive as in the role
of defender of Ukrainian lands. Those anti-authoritarians who are now serving in
the territorial defense - will they continue to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine
when the Ukrainian artillery is in the Pskov region?
Will the Russian anarchist partisans continue to wage a rail war against the
Russian Armed Forces when they dig trenches in the Moscow region, preparing for
defense? Will it be possible to use this situation of the military collapse of
the Kremlin regime to achieve at least some libertarian goals, to establish at
least locally some self-governing schemes?
In Germany in 1945 this did not work out for many reasons. We do not have
ready-made answers for Russia in 2022-2023 either, but it is definitely necessary
to think about it, even if the described scenario is not the most probable one.
Write to us in the comments what you think about the possible actions of Russian
(and Belarusian) anarchists against the background of the military defeat of the
Russian army and the potential occupation of part of the territory of the Russian
Federation by Ukraine and its allies.
On August 31 and September 1 in Khabarovsk, in the 1st district military court,
the trial of street artist, anarchist Maxim Smolnikov, nicknamed Hadad,
continued. It is his work on the cover of this edition of our podcast. The trial
will apparently last the whole of September. Recall that Maxim is accused under
the article "Justification of terrorism" - of course, for a post about Mikhail
Zhlobitsky. The FSB was so frightened of the incident in Arkhangelsk that it
continues to remind the whole society of it, persecuting it for any mention of
it. Well, we won't forget, don't worry.
Also in the Far East, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Vladimir Zolotarev is in a pre-trial
detention center. He set fire to the entrance to the National Guard building in
protest against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Vladimir is interested in social
anthropology and feminism, opposes cruelty to animals, and loves to read science
fiction. Write him!
And in Moscow tomorrow they can request a term for actionist Pavel Krisevich, who
last summer on Red Square imitated a shot in his head.
And finally, a funny thing: Russian cops are trying to find the administrators of
In their opinion, the free encyclopedia distributes "illegal information". Well,
probably, free knowledge will always be in conflict with the breeches of the
state. The state is always happy, as Saltykov-Shchedrin wrote, "to enter the city
on a white horse, burn the university and abolish science." It is good that the
historical truth is on the side of freedom and knowledge, and not on the side of
We remind our listeners that if you edit Wikipedia, then do it as a registered
editor, otherwise your ip-address will be saved in the edit history. Do not give
extra trumps into the hands of the Russian state - most likely, it will not be
long, but before death, these bloody hands can reach out to living people.
However, the victory in any case will be ours.
Well, that's all for today! We remind you that in "Trends of Order and Chaos" the
participants of "Autonomous Action" give anarchist assessments of current events.
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Issue No. 70 prepared by Mani
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