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Avtonom #24 English summary. All articles in Russian language.
Cover: Pictures from anti-militarist actions organised in Moscow in February
Page 2: "Putinist Russia - what is coming up?", Pavel Sentyabrskiy writes
trajectories of development of the local state terror machine.
Page 3: IVth general meeting of Autonomous Action on migration. See
http://www.ainfos.ca/04/oct/ainfos00245.html for English version.
Page 4: "Day of a deserter", report of an anti-militarist festival organised
of February in Moscow. See http://www.ainfos.ca/05/mar/ainfos00213.html
for English version of the article.
Page 5: "Country of dark forces", how and why state tried to stop deserter
Page 6: Irkutsk anarchists organised a benefit concert for an orphanage 14th
Ufa anarchists joined protests against abolition of free social benefits
22th of January
and had their own illegal demonstration as well, anarchists in Perm
organised Food Not
Bombs and support concert 27th of February, Nizhni Novgorod police arrested
who joined protests against abolition of free social benefits 23rd of
anarchists organised illegal demonstration 23rd of February,
Page 7: Moscow anarchists demonstrate solidarity with Israeli squatters and
anarchists against walls 28th of January
(see http://www.ainfos.ca/05/feb/ainfos00290.html), anarch@-feminist
graffiti action in
Saint-Petersburg in the eve of 8th of March.
Page 8: Comrade Ukrop tells how and why he threw Eduard Limonov, leader of
Party with a pie. Announcement about G8 protests coming up in Scotland.
Page 9: "Masses rush to love president". Leaflet and report from anarchist
a pro-presidential demonstration of 12th of February. See English version in
Page 10: "Anarchist movement in Turkey - events and projects of the last two
years" by Batur Özdinç.
See English version in http://www.ainfos.ca/04/aug/ainfos00112.html
Page 12: Lessons to coppers in Australia and Greece, protests against Bush
inauguration in USA,
Chechen refugee hungerstrike in Poland.
Page 13: Protests against visit of Putin to Poland, "About catastrophical
consequences of inequality between people",
a column about tsunami and not only by Komuana.
Page 14: "Twilight of half-idols", another column by Komuana on "triumph of
democracy" in Iraq and Ukraine.
G8 preparation meeting in Tubingen of Germany, support squat "Les 400
Couverts" of Grenoble!, announcement
about upcoming protests against Council of Europe in Warsaw.
Page 16: Indigenious people in Sakhalin protests against oil corporations,
protests against urban densification in Kiev,
protest for access to drugs for HIV positive prisoners in Moscow
Page 17: New housing law, SOBR special forces demonstrate liberation of
hostages to journalists in Kemerovo, but forgets to tell them that it was
just a demonstration, not for real... "Homeless", a column by Gibel.
Page 18: 3000 people siege city council of Izhevsk, Republic of Udmurtia 1st
of March, bus drivers in a wildcat
strike in Tambov 1st of March, Anti-war festival "Krik" in Moscow 14th of
February, Chernobyl victims protest in Krasnoyarsk, firemen and police are
deprived exemption from army (we are not sorry for the pigs though!).
Page 19: Workers of Yasnogorsk car plant protest against lockout, 60
inhabitants of a collapsing dormatory begin
a hungerstrike in Samara, 11 soldiers in Ingushetia announce that officers
attempt to force them to subscribe a professional contract, and that they
will desert if they are sent to serve in Chechnya, 1000 mothers of Beslan
demonstrate without permission in Vladikavkaz with a slogan "terrorism of
governement is worse than Al-Qaida". Murmansk anarchists
are sued after organising a breakout march from a protest against abolition
of free social benefits 23rd of January.
(see http://www.ainfos.ca/05/jan/ainfos00376.html for English report)
Page 20: "Demonetization as a first step towards libertarian communism", A.
Tushin about neo-liberal myths, free collective transport and why protesting
against abolition of free social benefits is not pleaing mercy from the
Page 21: "Price of head will be defined once and for all", Marina writes
about reform of educational system in Russia.
You bet we do not like it! Announce about anarcho-bus project coming to
Russia in the summer of 2005.
Page 22: Polina Eliseyevna writes about student protests in Institute of
History and Culture, small commercial university in Moscow.
Page 24: "60 years from the victory - truth and fantasy". Pavel Sentyabrskiy
trashes usual myths bouncing around 9th
of May in Russia, such as "Soviet Union was an unexpecting victim of a
cowardly attack", "Soviet people was united
in face of the aggression" and "Soviet army liberated world from brown pest,
and brought a freedom to many people". Announcement of Kino-klub "Diversiya"
Zones of conflict
Page 26: "Pipeline guard", Delph from Irkutsk writes about shady dealings
around plans to build a 4000 kilometer oil pipeline from central Siberia to
Page 27: "The Free Software Movement - Anarchism in Action", a slightly
shortened translation of
an article by Asa Winstanley, see
Anarchist Black Cross
Page 30: Anarchists arrested in Aachen
Page 31: Interview of a recently deceased Spanish anarchist prison rebel
Page 33: Free Ojore Nuru Lutalo!
Mother of order # 9 - anarcho-feminist bulletin inside Avtonom
Page 33: "Production of mothers in Soviet Union", article by Natalia
published in "Gendernye issledivaniya" #12, 2004.
Page 37: "Personal becomes political" by Ulyana
Kind fists - skinhead bulletin inside Avtonom
Page 38: Belarussian Street Punk meeting 2004: Toro Bravo from Lithuania and
local bands tour Grodno, Brest
and Lida. Violence, nazi assault, police brutality, OMON - what else one may
ask for a great party! Originally
published in #5 of "Lysye Novosty" zine of Grodno SHARP.
Page 41: Skinhead press - Lysye Novosty, Laces out from Minsk, Streetprint
from Perm and Scunx times from Kirov reviewed by ZOG.
Radical lazybones #7 - paper version of http://antijob.nm.ru
Page 42: "Role of work in transferring a human to a horse", by Polina
Page 43L Adbusting in Moscow metro in New Year's eve, picket at office of
Rosugol in Moscow in support of 66 year old Vasiliy Torgashev and other
betrayed miners, new independent union for knowledge workers in Moscow,
succesfull wildcat strike by coaches in consctuction site of DON-stroy in
Page 44: "We are stupid people" - an interview with political performance
group from Moscow.
Page 46: "Natural history of the rich" by Richard Conniff, "Lovers" by
Pages 47-48: Contacts, poem "Black flag" by Gibel (second part).
Pages 4-6: Russian news - Workers strike in city of Kropotkin against
takeover of their factory, rebirth of squat Pekarnia with new name - Klizma,
Anti-repression action in Krasnodar, concert for anarchist political
prisoner Dimitri Ryabinin in Moscow, informal meeting of Autonomous Action
in Moscow, African students protest against racist murder in Voronezh,
hungerstrike in Sankt-Petersburg prisons, Seminar on ecological sabotage in
Nizhni Novgorod, scandal in Kem of Karelian republic, action against fascist
Movement Against Illegal Immigration in Moscow, anarchists in Nizhni
Novgorod and Moscow demonstrate against new forest codex, anti-fascist
demonstration in Sankt-Petersburg, "Case of doctors - 2".
Pages 7-8: Reports from anarchist and anti-authoritarian activities against
War in Chechnya in 60th anniversary of deportation of Chechnyans and
Ingushetians 23rd of February 2004. Movie screenings in Kazan, graffiti
action in Rostov-na-Donu, guerilla theatre in Yekaterinburg, pickets and
meetings in Izhevsk and Samara, non-legalised demonstrations in Vsevolzhk
Page 9: Announcements of (then) upcoming actions - Marihuana march in
Moscow, festival for 190th Jubilee of Bakunin in his birthplace Pryamuhino,
general meeting of Autonomous Action coming up in Ivanovo next August,
radical ecological protest camp coming up in Perm, 3rd European PGA
conference coming up in Belgrade in July.
First hand account
Page 10: Ukrop's impressions from Nestor Makhno 115th birthday march in
Moscow 8th of November 2003.
Theory of resistance
Page 11: Critique of bourgeois concept of human rights by Mihail Magid.
Page 13: Translated fragments from Situationist classic "On poverty of
student life" by Mustafa Hayati, previously unpublished in Russian language.
Page 15: "A place under the sun", on grassroots community groups organising
against excessive tightening of urban planning in Moscow.
Zones of conflict
Page 18: "Mikluho-Maklaya street", on life of foreign students in Moscow
Page 19: "I'll change my rifle for a ticket to Tambov", on graffiti by
Russian soldiers located in Chechnya. Graffiti from which header of the
article was painted by soldiers to a dormatory wall in Oktyabrski suburb of
Page 20: A call for an international day of action against war in Chechnya
by Moscow anarchists.
Page 21: Was Bakunin a nationalist? Mihail Magid comments: "...anarchists
take position against anti-german and anti-semite feelings of Bakunin.
Today, nationalism of Bakunin may only attract fascists from NBP and other
Page 22: "Language of hostility". On media image of illegal immigrants by
Mother of order - anarcho-feminist bulletin inside Avtonom
Page 25: "A ring of powerlesness". On anarchist position on abortion.
Page 26: "A slap to the face of the social taste" - anarcho-feminists
demonstrate in Moscow 8th of March
Page 27: "Say NO to barbie dolls" - an article about internet-movement
unforeseen in Russia to have Alena Pisklova, normal-looking Moscovite to
represent Russia in Miss Universum contest coming up in Equador. Organisers
of the interenet-voting eventually fraudulently moved Alena Pisklova from
the contest when it became evident that she would gain a landslide victory.
Kind fists - bulletin for skinheads
Page 28: Interview with fans of FC Saint Pauli
Page 29: Proletarian counter-culture in Russian periphery - an interview
with oi!-band Klowns from Kirov
Radical lazybones #5 - workers issue bulletin of Moscow Autonomous Action is
now an appendix of Avtonom
Page 30: Employer of the issue - SAVVA Holding from Moscow. Former employee
tells how she is happy to have survived alive inspection of "security
department", which suspected her of an attempt to gather adepts to a sect
form among other employers....
Page 31: "Proletarian internet", sites recommended by antijob.nm.ru:
kompaktor.narod.ru - yet another site to be added to growing list of
worker-maintained sites against McDonald's, delo-tabak.narod.ru by
Kazakhstan workers of Philip Morris, plohoitrud.nm.ru - antijob of Omsk,
Siberia. Information about common project by nelegal.ru and antijob.nm.ru to
gain rights for Moscow workers without residence permission.
Anarchist Black Cross
Page 32: Coverage on case of Jeffrey "Free" Luers, American anarchists
sentenced to 23 years for a minor ecological sabotage.
Page 33: Coverage on case of Tomas Wilkoszevski, anti-fascist jailed in
Poland for 15 years. What one should remember when writing letters to
In the world
Page 34: "Aegean sea belows to its fishes". History of Greek anarchist
movement, first parts deals with its emerge from under the black colonel's
junta in 70's. To be continued in the next issue of Avtonom.
Page 37: Interview with "Acid Umbrellas" from Yekaterinburg.
Page 42: Avtonom and DIY - editorial collective explains its position.
Page 38: "Against dogms". Petr Ryabov replies to provocative article of Ivan
Nopasaran on "anarchist realism", published in last issue of Avtonom.
Page 40: Russian edition of "Philosophy of Punk. More than a noise!" by
Craig O'Hara, Anthology of
modern anarchism and left-wing radicalism, "White on Black" by Ruben David
and "Revolutionary suicide" by Huey Newton.
Page 44: Poem "Squares" by Vladimir Lifshits.