Russia: About “Anarchists” who forget the principles

Statement approved at a referendum of the members of the KRAS-IWA (Russia)

“We reproduce the following article in solidarity with KRAS, section of the anarcho-syndicalist IWA in Russia. From the beginning of the war in Ukraine members of KRAS have consistently defended the internationalist position, denouncing all sides in the conflict and calling on workers to resist it. (1) For this, they are now being accused by those anarchists who have taken the side of the Ukrainian national resistance of being stooges of the Kremlin.

We can’t help but be reminded of the smears against our comrades in the PCInt who, for opposing all sides in the Second World War and for calling on workers to “desert the war” , (2) were denounced by the Stalinist party of Togliatti as “agents and servants of Hitler”. Back then such smears were used to physically liquidate internationalists.

Once again there is no low to which those who have made their peace with national defencism will not stoop down.” (ICT, June 13, 2022)

In agreement with the foregoing, we have added a translation of the London Anti-War Manifesto of February 1915 to a new documentary section on this site: Proletarian Internationalism against Imperialism and War (Documents), which refers to the historical schism on the question of war that also took place within anarchism apropos of the First World War,

The editor, July 3, 2022.

 

Again about “anarchists” who forget the principles

(KRAS-IWA, June 3, 2022)

The section of the International Workers’ Association in the region of Russia calls for a boycott of provocateurs and delators who hide behind the name of “anarchists” and denounce the activists of our organization.

Our position against the war waged by the capitalist oligarchies for the repartition of the “post-Soviet space” is met with understanding and support from anarchist internationalists in Ukraine, Moldova and Lithuania, with whom we maintain contacts.

But from the very beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the so-called “anarchists”, who abandoned the traditional anarchist internationalist position of defeating all states and nations and who support one of the warring parties, launched a campaign of slander against our organization.

For example, former anarchists Anatoly Dubovik and Oleksandr Kolchenko living in Ukraine have published the names and addresses of our activists on the open Internet. The first of them wrote the corresponding text, and the second gave him his Facebook account for publication and approved it. The pretext was that our organization takes a consistent internationalist position and condemns both the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Ukrainian nationalism and the expansionist policy of the NATO bloc.

Messrs. Dubovik and Kolchenko tried shamelessly and impudently to slander our IWA section, without any reason trying to attribute to us a position in defense of the Kremlin. Besides, they admit that we are calling for both Ukrainian and Russian soldiers to refuse to fight.

The latter means that these fake anarchists, by publishing the addresses of anti-war activists located in Russia, are directly inciting Russian secret services and nationalist thugs against them, as opponents of the war, in order to deal with them with their hands! In the conditions of ongoing harassment, dismissals, threats and physical reprisals against anti-military-minded people in Russia, such actions are tantamount to a real denunciation with a direct indication of whom the repressive forces should turn their attention to.

Once again, the nationalists on both sides of the front line, following the logic of “who is not with us is against us”, are ready to jointly destroy their main opponents, internationalists who refuse to make a choice between warring state and bourgeois cliques, between plague and cholera.

Anarchists all over the world should be aware of the shameful deeds of provocateurs-informers and once and for all refuse to have anything to do with them, forever throwing them out of the anarchist environment and sending them to their patrons and masters from the secret services and the secret police!

The statement was approved at a referendum of the members of the KRAS-IWA

Source: Again about “anarchists” who forget the principles (June 3, 2022), English and Spanish.

 


A commentary:

The KRAS declaration denounces those anarchists who forget the intangible principles of the workers’ movement. It thereby refers to the schism that appeared during the First World War between those (also within anarchism) who maintained proletarian internationalism loud and clear and those who betrayed this principle by sinking into nationalism and support for one or the other side in the conflict.

In support of this denunciation, we reproduce the London Manifesto: The Anarchist International and the War of February 1915 by the internationalists, then in the majority, who radically opposed the minority warmongers of the ‘Manifesto of the Sixteen’ (February 1916) written by Peter Kropotkin and Jean Grave, (3) the latter taking sides with the Allied camp against “German aggression”.

The editor, July 3, 2022

A version of this article in French language can be found on the Controverses website: Sur les “anarchistes” qui oublient les principes. (June 21, 2022)

 

Notes:

1 See: KRAS-IWA against the War, Statement of February 25, 2022, and their interview with Grupo Moiras (Spain) of March 13, 2022 (English translation on this site).

2 Read: The Proletariat Opposes the Imperialist War Firmly Resolved to Reach its Own Historical Objectives (Statement from Prometeo, Year 21, 1 November 1943 – the first issue in Italy after the collapse of Mussolini’s central government, with an introduction by the ICT).

3 Cf.: The Manifesto of the Sixteen (1916).(Translation by Shawn P. Wilbur; The Libertarian Labyrinth, 2012)