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This is a portrait of Stepan Petrichenko, one of the organizers of the Kronstadt sailors’ rebellion against the Bolsheviks in 1921. The image was taken from a photo of him after he had fled to Finland, following the fall of Kronstadt’s forces to the Red Army. The Kronstadt experiment and their struggle for freedom are inspiring, and their defeat is incredibly tragic. Petrichenko was no saint and I don’t wish to deify him, but there is something incredibly haunting and defiant in that photo of him (found in the back of Paul Avrich’s The Russian Anarchists).


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