Burevestnik (1906)

Burevestnik (Russian: Буревестник) was a Russian language anarchist periodical published in Paris between 1906 and 1910.[1] It had the subtitle 'Organ of the Russian Anarchist Communists'.[2][3] The publication was the most prominent periodical of Russian anarchist émigrés in the aftermath of the Russian revolution of 1905.[4] It was edited by Maksim Rayevsky and Nikolai Rogdaev.[1] Nineteen issues of Burevestnik were published during its five years of existence.[2][5]

Political alignmentAnarchist
Ceased publication1910
OCLC number34127800

The name Burevestnik was inspired by Maxim Gorky's poem "The Song of the Stormy Petrel" (Песня о Буревестнике).[4] The masthead of the publication carried the final line of the poem, Let the tempest come strike harder! (Пусть сильнее грянет буря!).[4]

The publication included lengthy debates on the use of terrorism as well as information on the activities of the anarchist movement in Russia.[6] Burevestnik generally adhered to the political line from the Kropotkinite Khleb i Volia group, although anti-syndicalist viewpoints were also expressed in some of its articles (through the participation of Abram Grossman).[4] Between 1906 and 1907, Grossman used the signature "A -" in Burevestnik. He vehemently accused the Kropotkinists of conflating syndicalism and anarchism, stating that they had been led astray by the French labour movement. Instead, he called for "direct, illegal, revolutionary means of warfare" to be applied in Russia.[7]

Articles from the Burevestnik Paris groups were often reproduced in the New York-based publication Golos Truda, which Rayevsky edited when he moved to the US.[4]


  1. ^ a b Avrich (2005), p. 286.
  2. ^ a b Inter Documentation Company; Helsingin yliopisto. Kirjasto (1989). Russia, USSR, Eastern Europe, books and serials on microfiche: third cumulative alphabetical catalogue. IDC. p. 71.
  3. ^ John Glad (1993). Conversations in Exile: Russian Writers Abroad. Duke University Press. p. 273. ISBN 0-8223-1298-0.
  4. ^ a b c d e Avrich (2005), pp. 114–115.
  5. ^ Marshall S. Shatz (15 April 1989). Jan Waclaw Machajski: A Radical Critic of the Russian Intelligentsia and Socialism. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-8229-7658-5.
  6. ^ Skirda, Alexandre (1973). Les Anarchistes dans la révolution russe. Éditions Tête de Feuilles.
  7. ^ Avrich (2005), pp. 84-85.