Tag: Prison Dossier

Left Oppositionists in a Russian Prison: Introduction to Three Documents 

In early 2018, workers repairing a prison in Russia discovered under one cell’s floorboards a number of documents that had been written by members of the Trotskyist Left Opposition (they called themselves “Bolshevist-Leninists”) imprisoned there in 1932–3. At that time, the prison was run by Stalin’s political police. These “Notebooks of the Verkhneuralsk Political Prison” are now in the hands of the Russian Federal Prison Service, but researcher Aleksander Fokin of Tyumen University and Chelyabinsk State University in Russia obtained access. He transcribed the booklet included here and wrote an article in an academic journal introducing the “Notebooks” and his

[Dossier] “The Crisis of the Revolution and the Tasks of the Proletariat” (previously unpublished)

NOTE: This is the third of three linked documents on Left Oppositionists in a Russian Prison. The brief introductory reading guide is here. The political introduction to the series of three is here. An academic article explaining the origin of the prison text is here. We present, for the first time in English, translated from Russian and then from Spanish, the full text of “The Crisis of the Revolution and the Tasks of the Proletariat” (1932), one of the Notebooks found in Verkhneuralsk prison in Russia in 2018. The Notebooks belonged to a group of Trotskyists imprisoned there during the

[Dossier] The Struggle of the Trotskyists in the Soviet Union: An Alternative to Stalinism

NOTE: This is the first of three linked documents on Left Oppositionists in a Russian Prison. The brief introductory reading guide is here. An academic article explaining the origin of the prison text is here. The final document — the text from the imprisoned Left Oppositionists in the 1930s — is here. This year is a unique one, crushed by the pandemic and crisis sweeping the world, with the capitalist social order shaken and beginning to be challenged both in the consciousness and through the actions of many workers and oppressed sectors across the planet. It is also the eightieth

[Dossier] The Soviet Left Opposition and the Discovery of the Verkhneuralsk Prison Booklets

NOTE: This is the second of three linked documents on Left Oppositionists in a Russian Prison. The brief introductory reading guide is here. The political introduction to the series of three is here. The final document –— the text from the imprisoned Left Oppositionists in the 1930s — is here. In this article, historian Aleksandr Fokin, a researcher at Tyumen University and Chelyabinsk State University in Russia, provides an overview of his research project related to the booklets discovered two years ago in the Verkhneuralsk prison. We thank the author for his kind permission to publish this article and for