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fnbrussiaTwo bay area Food Not Bombs volunteers, Daria and Anya, traveled and met with food not bombs (“Еда Вместо Бомб”) collectives in Russia. These chapters face many obstacles including limited availability of  food and violence at the hands of police and fascist groups.

They are in need of support and we are encouraging community members and other FNB chapters to write letters and establish correspondence (contact information can be found at the end of this entry). Daria and Anya have written an account of their experiences  which you can read below. Some photos of a recent FNB convergence are available on this site.

Please share this information widely!

From Food Not Bombs Russia, With Love: Building Transnational Solidarity

Anya and Daria

When we traveled to Russia this January, we learned that nine Russian cities held FNB solidarity actions to protest the arrest of the RNC 8 at the Minneapolis Food Bombs house. Along with meals, Russian FNB groups protested with banners in front of US embassies and gave out literature denouncing the persecution of RNC 8 under the Patriot Act. “We say NO to the repression of Food Not Bombs groups in USA! Freedom to our comrades!” read the leaflets in Varonezh, a city in southwestern Russia. In Moscow, FNB activists were met with police violence and arrest

This is solidarity blurring transnational boundaries, and uniting a movement across the world. Today our Russian comrades face repression, let’s stand up to support them!

fnbrussia2On New Years, FNB Russia held regional meetings across the country. We traveled from Berkeley to Moscow to meet with members of FNB from five Russian cities. We passed along a lovely package of photos, videos, and zines from SF FNB and the Long Haul. Some activists asked us – When you return, tell all the activists you know about the repression we face. Stay in touch, help us form supportive relationships with FNB in the US. These are our observations about repression and resistance in Russia:

We noticed a growing nationalist sentiment in Russian daily life. There is a new metro station opening in Moscow, it’s called The Slavic Boulevard. The newly designed metro train is called The Russian. Within the Russian ultra right-wing circles, the line between nationalism and neo-fascism is barely discernible. The difference is especially blurry on days like November 4th, the Day of National Unity, when the right-wing citizens march through Russia’s main streets. They give nazi salutes and chant – Glory to Russia! Russia for Russians! This phenomenon is called the Russian March, and it began recently in 2005.

We learned a lot about neo-fascism and xenophobia from Lubava, an activist who helped organize the FNB regional meeting in Moscow. “Attacks on immigrants occur daily; we hear about several nationalism-motivated murders every day,” she said. The week before our arrival, the market where Lubava buys* produce for FNB was bombed. Lubava believes markets are targeted with violence because the vendors are primarily immigrants and Russian people of color. [*It is common for Russian FNB groups to buy food out of their own pockets or to steal it; there is so little surplus food that donations and dumpster diving yield no results].

Each FNB activist we met cited the neo-fascist movement as a major threat to thefnbrussia3 radical left in their city. FNB in St. Petersburg has been attacked after serving meals. FNB Chelyabinsk explained that FNB groups cannot freely use the internet to share information about cookhouses or meals. If they post information about locations, they risk being targeted by fascist groups in their homes or being met by a gang of fascists at their servings: “In Yekaterinburg, there have been instances where neo-nazis have threatened to disrupt FNB meals. Additional activists had to accompany FNB meals so that nothing went down.”  Groups of fascists are known for organized attacks on people of non-Slavic appearance, the poor, and the radical left.

In 2008, FNB Russia organized a safe and solid communication strategy – the publication of a monthly zine. Each issue publishes reports on meals and radical actions from FNB groups across Russia. The zine supports the growth of FNB in smaller Russian cities by creating a sense of connection to the greater movement. Fourteen cities submitted material for the last issue, which came out in time for the regional meetings. It can be found at

In addition to the constant threat of fascist violence, radical left groups struggle against state repression: “The Russian government supports the ultra-right, while antifascist views are violently repressed,” Lubava explains. “In many cities across Russia the law enforcement and neo-nazis work together.” FNB Saratov says “… the local police force is closely tied to fascist groups… when antifascists are detained by the police, the kids have it really bad. They’re beaten, questioned, and tortured.” Antifascists in Minsk, Belarus write about repression in Russia: “The governing bodies interfere with anarchist and antifascist actions and concerts, detain and beat up activists, but when it comes to the neo-nazis… the police either let them go without serious consequences or don’t pursue them at all. In Russia, the government and neo-nazism are one in the same. This promotes the continuation of attacks and murders. In October, Feodor Filatov was murdered on the doorstep of his own apartment; he was one of the founders of the skinhead-antifascist movement in Moscow.”

On the 20th of December, Saratov held a solidarity action against police violence: “… we hung a six meter banner across our bridge that read ‘POLICE MURDER, NOT ONLY IN GREECE.’ We gave out leaflets. One side talked about the murder of Alexander Grigoropoulos We won’t forget him. The other side talked about the murder of Armen Gasparan [an Armenian man], in Saratov, on the 20th of October. Drunk police officers detained him for stealing. First they beat him, and then they poured kerosene all over him, and set him on fire. They kicked his body until he died.” When we returned to the bay, we were horrified to learn about the murder of Oscar Grant by the BART police. Police violence is a transnational phenomenon, something we can stand against together.

fnbrussia4Oppression is always met with resistance. Russia’s growing Antifascist movement challenges neo-fascist and state violence. Antifascism unites many groups in Russia’s radical left – anarchists, punks, skinheads, hippies, vegans/animal rights activists, sXe – straightedge, hardcore, and others. Antifascists use diverse strategies to propagate anti-racist views: zine publications, independent media sources, art, theater performances, graffiti, direct action, and community organizing. There is a movement for militant resistance within antifascism, called Antifa. Members of the Antifa organize non-hierarchal groups that practice street fighting, as a self-defense strategy against fascist attack.

We learned of other forms of resistance. One of the Moscow FNB activists we met works with the direct action art group Voina (War). Voina commemorated the last anniversary of the October Revolution (Nov 7th) by scaling the famous Hotel Ukraina with a green laser, and projecting a 12 story skull and crossbones across the Moscow River and on to the Russian parliament building. We think they chose the jolly roger to symbolize anarchy and piracy, as well as the toxic government located inside.

Activists from FNB Archangelsk work closely with the animal rights movement. Archangelsk is a northern city on the coast of the White Sea, where baby seals are culled for their fur. Tasya of FNB Archangelsk told us about their anti-fur actions: “In February, radical activists blocked the entrance to the regional administration building, by chaining themselves to the doors. Others unfurled a banner that read ‘Kiselev, Save the Lives of the Seals.’ Kiselev was our regional governor at the time… We held a contest in our city’s grade schools for the best drawing on the theme of defending baby seals. In April 2008 we held a protest [against seal culling where] … we handed out the children’s drawings of seals.” This year, the Archangelsk animal rights activists achieved a temporary national ban on the culling of white baby seals.

We noticed that sexism and homophobia are rampant in Russia. When we asked FNB activists about movements for LGBT and women’s rights in their cities, the standard reply was “we don’t have any of that, there isn’t anything to tell, we don’t have any activists of that kind, no one is really interested.” We did meet one active feminist, Natasha from FNB Saratov. Natasha is part of an anarcho-feminist art collective called VolgaGirrlz. They use mixed media to promote feminist ideas and issues. VolgaGirrlz shot a short film about housewives leaving the boundaries of their kitchen, becoming cosmonauts, and exploring the far reaches of the universe. You can watch it at Other women we met were not in organized feminist groups, but they were vocal about feminism and women’s rights within their own lives.

Attempts to organize for LGBT rights in Moscow have been met with institutional and civil disapproval and violence. Lubava participated in Pride- Moscow 2006 : “150 LGBT people gathered in front of Moscow City Hall. Police officers, fascists, and Orthodox Christian extremists violently beat not only the Russian LGBT, but the attending deputies of the Euro Parliament as well… Slogans like ‘NO to LGBT Discrimination’ were labeled as homosexual propaganda in all mass media resources.” Today, all gay pride parades are prohibited by the Moscow mayor. Despite the violence and the bans, those that are active in the decidedly underground LGBT movement continue to organize. They find that ties with international LGBT organizations are very supportive.

Please support FNB in Russia. Form a relationship of mutual aid with a FNB chapter in a Russian city! Start up regular contact, exchange photos, videos, news. Plan solidarity actions! Share your political strategies, and struggles, and learn from theirs. Help translate radical left literature into Russian (especially about women’s and LGBT rights, fair trade and organic food). And if you ever get a chance to visit Russia, get in touch with the local chapter of Food Not Bombs.

Russian FNB Forum –

Contacts of groups we meet with:

FNB Saratov –

FNB Kirov –

FNB Chelyabinsk –

FNB Archangelsk –

FNB Moscow –

Additional contacts for FNB Russia can be found at

Photos from the actions mentioned in this article and translated texts from our interviews will be posted at

Contact Daria at and Anya at


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Sunday December 14th, 2008

Station 40 (3030b 16th St @ Mission, SF, CA)

4:00PM – 8:00PM

FREE and open to everyone who’s interested in FNB!

Come for the dessert …. stay for the meeting!

Join your fellow food not bombs organizers and friends for a night of fun and dessert. Whether you’re an old time volunteer or someone new, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do, meet your fellow activists, plan for the coming year and help our movement grow.

There will be dessert, an informal meeting, and fun activities (screen printing, a movie?). We encourage you to bring vegan treats to share potluck style, we will make some homemade soy ice cream!

If you have questions or ideas we’d love to hear them! you are welcome to RSVP, we’d love to have an idea of how many people are coming. you can do this on the FNB facebook page or by emailing us at sffnbvolunteers (a) riseup d0t net

Some ideas on what to bring (recovering/dumpstering/creative reuse are always encouraged):

  • dumpstered goodies!
  • cookies, cupcakes or brownies
  • cakes and pies
  • fruit
  • gluten and/or sugar free confections
  • soy ice cream
  • donuts and pastry
  • candies, chocolate and miscellaneous treats!

activities (other ideas welcome!):

  • screen printing — bring a shirt, fabric or something to screen on! we’ll have the FNB logo and possibly other fun designs!
  • movie? — if you’ve got ideas let us know.

informal meeting

  • check-ins with various servings
  • finding a new cook house for saturday
  • reviving the soupstock music festival for spring (see pictures of sleater-kinney/fugazi in soupstock 00!)
  • food not bombs and disaster response (what should we do in an earthquake?)
  • should we do some skillshares / workshops? (home canning, vegan dessert making, how to start a FNB chapter, etc?)
  • ideas for events to serve at (last year we did the anarchist book fair, transmarch, protests, RRFM and others)
  • proposal: FNB should buy a turkey fryer (aka high powered gas burner) ~$50 / and a larger, reusable propane tank ($20-$60) for outdoor/mobile events
  • add your agenda items!

It was an amazingly beautiful day at Dolores Park this past Saturday with a turnout of hundreds to celebrate the life and work of Kirsten Brydum at SF’s largest ever Really Really FREE Market! Food Not Bombs came out to serve grilled vegetable kabobs with Teriyaki sauce, apple crisp pies, a giant vegetable bean and rice soup, and bread and cookies! Remaining food was given away in freebie grocery fashion as the serving table was overflowing with other goodies people had brought out to gift!

Thank you to everyone who helped us make this happen (FNB volunteers, folks from the Heart of the City Farmers Market, Rainbow, etc). It was an amazing and unforgettable day in Dolores Park!

Update: Because of your support, through the thousands of phone calls and emails you made on our behave, the Town of Huntington and the Suffolk County Police Department have given in. All charges against Food Not Bombs activists have been dropped and we’ve received assurances that the police harassment will not continue.

Yesterday, Long Island Food Not Bombs was subjected to more police
harassment in the Township of Huntington. Police officers threatened
activists and community members with arrest, violence, false accusations of
possession of illegal substances and about every law and town code they
could think of.

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