Since the 1917 revolution, every time period and generation in the USSR has had its own corresponding form of resistance to Bolshevism and totalitarianism: the White Guard movement, peasant uprisings, religious and nationalist movements, General Vlasov’s Russian Liberation Army, samizdat, “stylagovs”, non-conformists, dissidents, hippies and punks, the independent media, political performance art, and civic activism.
But are all of these forms of resistance (sometimes unintentional and not always politicall) equivalent? After all, for example the non-conformist artists of the 1960s and 70s never considered themselves dissidents, and assiduously avoided politics, just like contemporary artistic efforts do not always meet with the understanding of the political opposition... Nevertheless, do not those who found the courage to go against state surveillance and chose their means of defending the values of freedom and independence have something in common after all?
Gleb Morev - literary historian, philologist, journalist with Colta.ru, Moscow
Líza Morózova - artist, Moscow