"GIRLS AGAINST THE DRAFT". KHRAMOV: I ANNOUNCE TO OUR NEW FRIENDS OF THE ANTIMILITARIST MOVEMENT THE FULL SUPPORT BY RADICALS OF THIS LIBERTARIAN INITIATIVE


Statement by Nikolaj Khramov, secretary of the movement "Russian Radicals"

Moscow, May 10, 2004

The initiative of young Moscow feminist and antimilitarist activists "Girls Against The Draft" who so excellently announced this new project in the course of yesterday's demonstration in Neskuchny garden, deserves the most serious attention. Unfortunately, yesterday's action remained completely unnoticed by mass media, even by Internet - mass-media (and here, in my opinion, it is not only and not so much the matter of the explosion in the stadium in Grozny which eclipsed all other events, but the anonymity wrongly chosen by the "Girls"). Anyhow, I announce to our new friends of the antimilitarist movement the full support by Radicals of this libertarian initiative.

I am convinced that the struggle of civil Russia for abolition of draft slavery (where, I hope, "Girls Against The Draft" will occupy an original and noticeable place) should be built not on appeals to individual "evasion of army", and even not on appeals to use the law on alternative civilian service (which in not smaller degree than the military conscription is a modern institutionalized form of slavery), but on creation from below of a powerful civil movement for legislative abolition of conscription in our country. In today's conditions of consolidation of the authoritarian militarist regime and absence in the supreme legislative body of the country of democratic opposition which would be noticed at least in the slightest degree, I think that the only way to change the legislation in this sphere is the organization by all the democratic, liberal, libertarian, civil, antimilitarist forces of the All-Russia referendum with the question about abolition of conscription in peace time by introduction of corresponding amendments to the federal law "On conscription and military service".


Website of the initiative "Girls Against The Draft": www.prizyvu.net.ru
Description and photos of the action of the "Girls Against The Draft" on May 9 in Neskuchny garden on the Indymedia website: http://russia.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=8810&group=webcast