Five documents translated and introduced by Simon Pirani.
This book, published in 2023, 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; 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, with an introduction and notes.