1928-1968 in the USSR - Vichuga 1932, Gulag revolts 1953 etc.

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Mike Harman
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Jul 22 2007 09:31
1928-1968 in the USSR - Vichuga 1932, Gulag revolts 1953 etc.

So I recently found this book which covers The Vichuga Uprising 1953 - about 16,000 textile workers took over the region. There were also strikes by several thousand more in the wider IRR region at the same time, and small strikes and demonstrations from around 1928. I'd never heard about this until last week, but to me it seems like a very significant event - lots of workers had been there since 1917, and reasons for the uprising were given as a response to the betrayal of the October revolution.

It also acts as a kind of bridge between Kronstadt and groups like Miasnikov's, and the 1953 events - Gulag uprisings, Poland, East Berlin. Showing tthat there was significant resistance to the counter-revolution for a while afterwards.

Wiki has a fair bit on the Kengir uprising although I always thought Solzhenitsyn was a dogdy source, and haven't read the Gulag Archipegalo.

Also found this article on the uprising in Vortuka, 1953 by News and Letters http://libcom.org/library/1953-gulag-uprising-vorkuta

As well as that, found this on Spunk: http://libcom.org/library/1962-novocherkassk-tragedy - which is covered in this (expensive) book. Again, that one had passed me by completely.

Plus there's an overview of a Russian documentary on the Gulag, which covers Vortuka (see below) here: http://vip.latnet.lv/lpra/youtube.htm

Understandably, there's been very little around on these events - excepting Hungary 56 really - and there's been a few new books out on that coinciding with the half-centenary. But looks like quite a few academica researchers have been digging things out of the archives in the past five-ten years about stuff that was completely unknown before.

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Jul 22 2007 09:39

Just found this Russian video on Youtube which looks like an interview with a participant, no subtitles though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEfSMUajNU4&mode=related&search=

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Jul 22 2007 11:26

we have a chronology of anarchism in the ussr over that period:
http://libcom.org/history/chronology-of-russian-anarchism-1921-1953

(fucking urls still not working! edit though hmm they are in comments, just not in nodes. weird)

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Jul 24 2007 23:58
Mike Harman wrote:
Wiki has a fair bit on the Kengir uprising although I always thought Solzhenitsyn was a dogdy source, and haven't read the Gulag Archipegalo.

I think he gets worse as he gets older, I've got the entire gulag archipelago if you want to borrow it. I've read the first two parts.

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Aug 22 2007 15:57
jef costello wrote:
Mike Harman wrote:
Wiki has a fair bit on the Kengir uprising although I always thought Solzhenitsyn was a dogdy source, and haven't read the Gulag Archipegalo.

I think he gets worse as he gets older, I've got the entire gulag archipelago if you want to borrow it. I've read the first two parts.

Hmm, maybe, although it's the sort of thing that'd take ages, so best I find cheap so I can put it off for months or years without feeling guilty.

Found this site about Poznan, some good stuff there if not that much:
http://www.poznan.pl/mim/public/czerwiec56/pages.html?co=list&id=3043&instance=1017&parent=0&lang=en&lhs=czerwiec56
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozna%C5%84_1956_protests
and more here: http://www.1956.pl/1,33.html

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Aug 26 2007 13:34

Anyone know about Radom 1976?

http://www.poland.pl/archives/postwar/article,,id,46202.htm

http://files.osa.ceu.hu/holdings/300/8/3/text/46-4-214.shtml

that last one in the library now: http://libcom.org/library/poznan-1956-radom-1976