KONTRRAZVEDKA The Story of the Makhnovist Intelligence Service by Vyacheslav Azarov. Translated and edited by Malcolm Archibald


The Makhnovist movement was an attempt by peasants in southeastern Ukraine to create an anarchist society in 1917-1921. This unique social experiment embraced a substantial territory with a population of millions but has been little studied by historians.


In the years of revolution and civil war, the movement was protected from its numerous enemies by a remarkable military force — the Insurgent Army, and by an intelligence/security service — the Kontrrazvedka. It is the latter institution which is the subject of this study by present day Ukrainian anarchist Vyacheslav Azarov.