[Marxism] Fwd: Other Russias | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Feb 26 15:27:11 MST 2017

Largely through connections made through Russian Reader blogger Thomas 
Campbell, I have learned about important developments involving the 
Russian left that defy the stereotype of Russian opposition to Vladimir 
Putin as neoliberal snakes. To be sure, such snakes exist but the 
Western left has an obligation to keep abreast of our comrades there, 
who are opposed to capitalism just as much as us. In addition to Thomas 
Campbell’s blog, another important asset is the journal n+1 that largely 
because of the presence of co-founder Russian émigré and Marxist Keith 
Gessen (Masha’s brother) on the editorial board has a pipeline to the 
Russian revolutionary movement that makes it indispensable to our 
ongoing political enlightenment.

It was through an introduction to Keith Gessen made by Thomas Campbell 
that I learned of a tour by Kiril Medvedev, the revolutionary socialist 
poet, journalist, activist and–most distinctively–translator of Charles 
Bukowski. n+1 published Medvedev’s “It’s No Good“, a book whose $16 
price tag goes against capitalist rationality, just as does every word 
in his Molotov Cocktail of Russian literature.

The good news is that n+1 has now published another voice of the Russian 
left: Victoria Lomasko, the author of Other Russias, which was 
translated by the good Thomas Campbell. Vika is an artist and activist 
whose work reminds me both artistically and politically of Marjane 
Satrapi’s “Persepolis”. Satrapi’s work was a comic book after the 
fashion of Harvey Pekar but Lomasko’s is much more text with powerful 
illustrations to make key points such as the ones shown below that come 
from the chapter on Pussy Riot.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/02/26/other-russias/

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