Anarchist Information Bureau
August, 13-15, 2004 XVII Congress of Association of Anarchist Movements took place
in St. Peterburg. The Congress collected 52 comrades, including 19 participants
of Association from 6 cities – Kazan, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, St. Peterburg,
Solnechnogorsk and Yaroslavl – and 33 guests from Russia (Volzhskiy, Moscow,
Petrozavodsk, St. Peterburg, Solnechnogorsk, Tyumen), Finland (Helsinki),
Germany (Berlin) and Italy (Kozence, Rome). During the Congress activity of
local anarchist groups (Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Volga, Yaroslavl, St. Peterburg, Kazan,
Petrozavodsk) was discussed and a report about the VII Congress of
International of Anarchist Federations (IFA), taken place this spring in
Besanson , France, that had ratified the Association joining IFA. Congress has
established, that the participants of Council of Revolutionary Groups of
Anarchists, (SRGA) Yaroslavl should take responsibility for
contacts with anarchist federations in other countries and interaction with
Secretary of IFA
discussed the report «About directions in modern anarchism» and a problem of
interactions between the anarchistic organizations of Russia. Claims of members of Federation of
Revolutionary Anarchists to Petersburg Anarchist League of and to participants
of «Independent Action» are considered within the companionable discussions.
The information on separate conflict situations in anarchist movement is taken
into account in connection with proclamations of some participants from Moscow. Having considered the problem with
the attitude to «the Union of Anarchists of Ukraine», Congress has agreed with
accepting new decisions for this occasion being unnecessary, because problems,
arising in this case, are subject of the «Agreement on interaction» of ADA
the initiative of comrades from St.
Petersburg and Moscow. Congress approved the changes to a number of working
resolutions of the ADA («About war on Caucasus», «About an internal duty and
bankruptcy of state system of Russian Federation», «About a pension support»,
«About the problems of education», «About tactics and technical base of anarchists
», «About imperialism» and «About a situation in the world after 11.09.2001г.»). With some changes, the
resolution «About occupation of Iraq and methods of struggle against it»
and the Antifascist resolution were authorized. The brief resolution of VIII
Congress of the ADA «About boycott of elections » was cancelled; instead a new,
advanced one was accepted, proving and precisely fixing boycott of elective
procedures, and, in particular, establishing voting «against everybody»
impossible for participants of Association. On the basis of the Yaroslavl project, the resolution «About
discrimination » was accepted.
from Peter and Volzhskiy called a number of offers on carrying out actions
during the period before the following Congress (in particular, in connection
with the beginning of academic year (on September, 1), beginning of recruiting
in the Russian Army (on October, 1), day
of the Black Banner (November, 21), Day of struggle against labor (December, 1),
Day of the Unknown artist (on March, 1), Day of the tax bearer (on April, 1),
Day of protection of children (on June, 1), Day of struggle against police
cruelty, the 140-anniversary of 1-st International, etc.).
lack of time, questions on the Anarchical Black Cross (the organization meant
to help the political prisoners), on mutual aid and on solving the material
problems, on exchange of editions and propaganda materials were not discussed
in sufficient detail at Congress. Their further discussion is planned to
continue by means of email group of Association, that should be restored in the
near future. It was decided, that comrades from Yaroslavl and Kazan are to engage in its restoration.
took some changes in the list of participants of Association in account. The
Anarchist Union of Kuzbass (АSК) is
considered left the list of collective participants. New collective
participants of Association became Gaj League of Anarchists (the Orenburg area) and Novosibirsk anarchist group «Resist». In
August, 2004 the Association includes nine groups - collective participants (in
Kazan, Tver, Guy, Zheleznogorsk, Novosibirsk, Peterburg, Yaroslavl, Konigsberg and Nizhniy Novgorod). Individual
participants of the ADA operate in 16 cities (Bryansk, Warsaw, Leplee, Minsk, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Nyagan,
Peterburg, Pskov, Riga, Rostov-upon-Don, Sarapul, Solnechnogorsk, Surgut, Yurga, Yaroslavl).
following, XVIII, Congress of the ADA is decided to take place in the end of
summer or in autumn of the next year in Yaroslavl (backup variant – Moscow).
Organizing committee of forthcoming Congress – the Council of Revolutionary
Groups of Anarchists of Yaroslavl.