Daily Archives: February 18, 2008

European University in Petersburg Closed

Last week, the European University in Saint Petersburg was shut down, ostensibly for violating fire codes. Chto Delat member and Petersburg-based philosopher Artemy Magun explains in an open letter posted to platform chtodelat.

Dear friends,

Many of you have been asking me of what’s going on with the European University at Saint-Petersburg.

I have decided to write to all of you in English, and explain the present situation.

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The Worker’s Struggle: The Site of Real Trade Unions?

Over the past few days, participants of Chto Delat’s e-mail platform have been debating two articles recently published at Рабочая борьба: Сайт настоящих профсоюзов The Worker’s Struggle: The Site of Real Trade Unions. In the first article, Рабочее движение и гражданское общество (“The Worker’s Movement and Civil Society”), well-known Russian Marxist political analyst and writer Boris Kagarlitsky argues:

По существу, рабочее движение оказалось пока первым и единственным действительным проявлением гражданского общества в современной России. Не искусственного, созданного на западные гранты или заседающего в муляжной Общественной палате, а реального, формирующегося снизу.

In essence, for now the worker’s movement has proved to be the first and the only real manifestation of civil society in contemporary Russia. [That is, it is a manifestation] not of the artificial [civil society] that is produced with the aid of western grants or for a member of the ersatz Public Chamber, but of the real [civil society] that forms at the grassroots. Continue reading

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