[Marxism] Fwd: From intersection and interaction to a social and political alternative for Russia: Interview with Kirill Medvedev | LeftEast
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Tue Jul 21 06:07:57 MDT 2015
Yevgeniy Zhuravel interviews Kirill Medvedev, a Moscow-based poet,
translator, and activist. He is the founder of the Arkady Kots band.
YZ: Can you tell a bit about yourself and how did you became a leftist?
It seems that in Russia till recently it was not a common political choice.
KM: I became a self-conscious leftist at the beginning of the 2000s.
There is a rather typical scenario for that generation of the Russian
left, which emerged mostly from the Soviet intelligentsia of different
levels of prosperity. Many of us were still able to spend our childhood
under still rather comfortable conditions, so we were able to absorb the
humanistic code of the Soviet intelligentsia, and then suddenly found
ourselves in the historical hole of the 90s, when this code turned out
to be not only redundant, but simply made survival difficult. Some of
our parents had believed that shock therapy and total privatisation are
the necessary stages on the way to democracy, others voted for the
failed Communist Party, and some became quickly disappointed and
depoliticised. The new left emerged from this trauma, but not out of a
desire for revanche, but with the feeling that both nostalgia for Soviet
times and jolly anti-Sovietism, which brought most of the intelligentsia
to support Putin, are dead ends; that if one wants to be a citizen and a
political subject, some hard work is required in order to build a new
political culture and environment. Sometime during 2003-2004, I started
getting an idea that maybe this thankless job—being part of the left—is
not the worst way to spend the next decade or two.
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