“They will exasperate the state, cause crackdowns by the police regime and discredit the opposition”
Oleg Kozyrev lives in Moscow. He’s a writer and activist who advocates for greater democracy in Russia.
I'm for non-violent struggle. My heroes are Gandhi and Martin Luther King. I don't approve of the violent actions of these anarchists, even though, fortunately, nobody has been hurt so far. Their future actions could injure people, or worse.
For example, they set fire to military recruitment offices, and these are often situated in apartment buildings. They are lucky that these buildings have not entirely burned down so far. When they throw a bomb, they could very well hurt an innocent passerby. And even if they hurt someone who represents the authorities, it's still violence and nothing good will result from it.
Arson, explosions and other violent methods lead to deplorable consequences. They will just exasperate the state, cause crackdowns by the police regime and discredit the opposition. The younger generation could learn a thing or two by studying our country’s history. Russia has suffered a lot from the actions of extremist revolutionaries.
It’s obvious that anarchists are becoming a political force to be reckoned with. They carry out a lot of different campaigns, fighting against fascists or abuses of power by policemen. I support their actions when they're peaceful, just and suitable. But I can't support arson. I hope they'll be wise enough to give up such methods.”