Early 1980s British perspective about Makhno and the Makhnovists, this is a sympathetic examination of their tactics and activity.
PART 1 MILITARY HISTORY 1917-21
1 Relative Peace, 1917-18 3
2 The Rise of the Batko, July 1918-February 1919 13
3 The Year 1919 29
4 Stalemate, January-October 1920 54
5 The End, October 1920-August 1921 64
PART 2 MAKHNOVSCHYNA - ORGANISATION
Among the many enemies facing the Ukrainian anarchists in the Russian Civil War were the French armed forces sent to bolster the counter-revolution in Ukraine. A deserter from these forces describes his encounter with Nestor Makhno and his troops.
Always true to their own lying system of propaganda, the bourgeois and estate-owning Mennonites from the German colonies of Ukraine have for several months now carried on a deceitful campaign of slander with the goal of vilifying the reputation of Comrade Makhno.
Nestor Makhno's eulogy for the anarcho-communist revolutionary Nicolai Rogdaev is also a lament for the fate of Russian anarchism.
Over the Fresh Grave of Comrade N. Rogdaev
(from a report made to comrades on January 21 1933)
By Nestor Makhno
This is a story about massacres that occurred in Southern Ukraine between 26th October and 7th December, 1919. The victims, avowedly-pacifist German Mennonites, included several women and elderly people; in Eichenfeld, almost one third of the village population was killed, including a 65 year-old blind woman. All the massacres occurred in the vicinity of the Makhnovist army. And then, after six weeks, they stopped.
This is also the story of an émigré community whose members invented an anarchist bogeyman to justify having betrayed their pacifist principles. It’s about estate owners who earned 3000 times what they paid their labourers, landlords who conscripted soldiers to protect their wealth, and pacifists who fought for an army that killed tens of thousands of Jews.
A short biography of Aron Baron, anarchist active in Russia and the Ukraine
“Aaron Baron, arrested in the Ukraine, due to return that evening to a prison from which he would never again emerge, lifted his emaciated, bearded, gold-spectacled profile to cry relentless protests against the new despotism; the butchers at work in their cellars, the dishonour shed upon socialism, the official violence that was trampling the Revolution underfoot.
A short biography of Svirid Kotsur and the independent soviet republic of Chyhyryn.
Svirid Dementiyovich Kotsur was born on the 30th January 1890 (although other sources give his birthdate as 1886) in the Cossack village of Subotiv (Subbotovo in Russian) in the canton of Chyhyryn (Chigirin in Russian) within the Kiev government. He appears to have worked as an agriculturalist.