Anti-fascist roundtable challenges ‘International Russian Conservative Forum’

In the city on the Neva, a roundtable on “The relevance of anti-fascism”

An anti-fascist roundtable was held September 11, 2016, on the initiative of the St. Petersburg Branch of the United Communist Party (OKP).

Roundtable participants discussed a wide range of issues related to the rise of ultra-right manifestations in modern Russia, the former Soviet Union and the European Union countries. Extensive discussion was held on the class nature of fascism; great-power chauvinism in the Russian Federation; nationalist extremism in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan; the origins and prospects of the parliamentary parties of the extreme right in Europe; mass migration of workers and the crisis of the modern neoliberal model of development; appropriate ways to confront the danger of the far right; and more.

Photos: OKP
The roundtable was attended by representatives of the academic world (in particular the St. Petersburg Union of Scientists) and many activists of leftist organizations (OKP, IMT, ROT Front, RKRP). Video comments by comrades Alexei Sakhnin (coordinator of the Left Front, now a political refugee living in Sweden), Alexey Albu (coordinator of the Ukrainian Union Borotba, now also a political emigrant living in Russia), and Olzhas Kozhakhmet (representative of the Kazakh club “Resentiment” in Almaty) were met with great warmth.

Presentations and discussions were given by teachers and university students, doctors and candidates of sciences, historians, sociologists and philosophers.

The participants were united in one thing: a successful fight against the far-right threat requires a strong left (and therefore anti-fascist) movement united not only nationally, but also internationally.

The immediate motivation for the roundtable was the intention of the organizers of the so-called “International Russian Conservative Forum” to hold another event in October 2016. Recall, the first such forum was held in St. Petersburg in 2015, bringing together representatives of right-wing, nationalist and neo-fascist forces from Russia and Europe. The organizers of the anti-fascist roundtable set out to expose the congress of the far right, and as far as possible, organize counter-actions. And at the same time make it clear to both the authorities and supporters of these “forums” that their attempts to turn the hero city of Leningrad into the “nationalist capital of Russia” will not go unchallenged.


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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