Public lecture by Philip Ruff

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga invites you and members of your organisation to a public lecture by Philip Ruff.

17:00 - 18:30 Thursday 26/02/2015

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Soros Auditorium


A public lecture by Philip Ruff

"Anarchist resistance to Russian state terrorism in the Baltic (1905-14) & its' relevance to countering Russian imperial ambition today"

The revolution of 1905 in the “Baltic provinces of Russia” was the most important single event in the history of modern Latvia; the first (and arguably, the only) time that Latvians came together, consciously and united, as a nation; not just to assert a Latvian identity but to resist Russian imperialism by force of arms.

Out of this experience, came a distinct Latvian anarchist movement, which became the principal element in the resistance to Russian state terrorism in the Baltic, until the outbreak of world war in1914. The experience of that resistance (independent of official military or political structures), which based itself on the practice of partisan or guerrilla warfare (both urban and rural), holds a number of useful lessons which help to illuminate the role and form of civilian resistance to military invasion and occupation.

In the context of the current war in Ukraine and an increasingly vocal resurgence of Russian imperial ambition aimed at the Baltic states, the speaker will suggest a number of practical measures that may be of value should the “worst case scenario” of Russian imported “hybrid warfare”, invasion, or occupation be attempted (notwithstanding the promise of assistance to the Baltics of NATO and the EU).


About Philip Ruff

Born in Birmingham (UK) in 1952, anarchist historian Philip Ruff (Filips Rufs) is the author of “Pa stāvu liesmu debesīs: nenotveramā latviešu anarhista Pētera Māldera laiks un dzīve” (A Towering Flame – the life and times of Peter the Painter), published by Dienas Grāmata (Riga 2012).

During the 1970s and 80s Philip Ruff was an active proponent of revolutionary anarchism as a member of the Anarchist Black Cross; as well as being a prolific contributor to a wide range of anarchist publications (including Black Flag, the Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review and Anarchy magazine) as author, editor, cartoonist and publisher. Describing himself today as a “retired anarchist”, Philip has since 1986 specialised in researching into Latvian social history, with a special emphasis on the 1905 revolution and Latvian anarchism. He first visited Latvia in January 1988 and lives in London.

The event will be followed by an informal reception.

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