Communist Dissidents in Early Soviet Russia: five documents translated and introduced by Simon Pirani, will be published in September 2023.
You can order a copy here from Troubadour bookshop. And once the book is ready, it will be available here on People & Nature – in English or Russian – as a PDF, free to download.
The book gives voice to Russian communists who participated in the 1917 revolution, but found themselves at odds with the Communist Party as it consolidated its rule in the early 1920s.
One Red army veteran demands action against corrupt officials; another mourns the dashed hopes of 1917 and the loss of friendship and solidarity; a “collectivist” group aspires to new cultural and technological revolutions; and other oppositionists denounce material inequalities, the return of workplace exploitation and creeping state authoritarianism.
The five documents in the book are published in English for the first time.