From the editorial office of “Avtonom”: recently there are news – sometimes transmitted from friends to acquaintances and discussed only in the telegram, sometimes appearing in the media and TV – about clashes between fascists and anti-fascists. These stories are like a repetition of the events of fifteen years ago. An important difference is that in the zero cops and the state did not care about these fights. Law enforcement officers began to take the showdown “fa against antifa” seriously only by the end of the zero, when the fights on the fists stopped, and knives, rebar, traumatic, and sometimes firearms were used in the carnage, the dead and maimed appeared.

Now are completely different times: large cities in video cameras, the police are not ready to release your friend from the police department for five thousand rubles and they have a plan for extremist crimes. Therefore, criminal cases against both fascists and anti-fascists are regularly detained and opened. But the risk of criminal prosecution does not stop everyone: we present a note that a member of the modern anti-fascist movement wrote for our magazine.

The skinhead heyday of the 90s and the neo-Nazi madmanship of the 00s are over, a system of scorched political field has been established in the country, a system of administrative and criminal penalties for extremism on the Internet has been put on the conveyor, internal and external political opponents are being poisoned in every sense of the word. In place of the UBOP, which fought with gangs, the CPE grew, howling with fans and skinheads, the authorities clearly indicated who they care more. After the pogrom in Khimki [attack on the administration of the moscow city of Khimki, 2010 — approx. “Avtonom”] began demonstrative purges in the ranks of anti-fascists, many left, some sat down, the movement settled in the underground. And that’s it?

Not at all. 11 years have passed since Khimki, the generation of operas, bons and anti-fascists has changed, new zero ones are maturing. But it should be borne in mind that this time our street opponents have excellent “teachers” who have gone through prisons, managed to build businesses and families, and some even kill their ideological opponents. And if in Moscow and St. Petersburg the situation is quite calm, despite the ongoing mass conflicts [of fascists and anti-fascists] covered in the media, and the facial recognition system makes itself felt, then things in the province leave much to be desired.

We often see news like this: on the night of June 13, 2020, a Volgograd resident stabbed a student from Azerbaijan on a national basis… And how many of the same unsolved murders, where the victims were people who have no one to look for? The situation in the province is quite sad: there are companies of old ultra-right people who have passed the school of “near-football”, the press from the authorities, very often they are engaged in tactical training and own weapons. They understand the rules of the game, and – since everyone is somehow ignated – begin to act with the hands of the younger generation of Bons. It is important to understand that we are talking about supporters of right-wing turns through violence, and the problem is not only in them. They were not given representation in parliament, parties were banned, they were expelled into the political underground, a subculture, from where there is one way out – through violence. Even the ban on the DPNI, SS and “Russians” did not prevent them from doing it. It is in this situation that the younger generation of anti-fascists is formed, in an environment where there are ten bons per one. Nevertheless, almost every major city has its own company of anti-fascists, of varying degrees of activity.

New Zeros Are Ripening: The Story of the Anti-Fascist | Autonomous Action – Anarchists, Libertarian Communists, Antifa (avtonom.org)

Source: Awsm.nz