Black Hundreds CEO Dmitry Bastrakov giving the opening speech.
On August 8, 2020 Moscow saw the opening of the bookshop Listva in Moscow. This is their first expansion outside the original Listva bookshop in Saint-Petersburg, where – incidentally – I had been invited to give a lecture on dysgenics last November. There will now be a similar space for lectures and activism on Russian national and historical themes in the capital. If you happen by Moscow and are interested in picking up some rare and “powerful” literature, they are located on ul. Zhukovskogo, 4с1 [VK, Facebook].
Incidentally, this expansion was only possible on account of the coronavirus crisis. The location’s previous occupants were Chitalkafe, which used to be an independent bookshop that maintained good relations with the Black Hundreds and acted as their main distributors within Moscow. During the lockdown, their premises flooded on account of some ruptured plumbing, resulting in massive damage to internal furnishings and inventories. While they might have survived either crisis individually, both at the same time were too much to weather, and they decided to sell off their operations to the Black Hundreds.
The Listva bookshops are part of the “Black Hundreds” publishing house ecosystem, which specializes in publishing lesser known Russian 19th century political and historical literature, as well as modern historical work on topics such as White Guardism and the War in Donbass. Despite the name’s connotations, it is actually meant to refer not the much calumniated Tsarist-era monarchist-nationalist movement, but to the original Black Hundreds – the people’s militia raised by Minin and Pozharsky from amongst the merchants, craftsmen, and laborers of Nizhny Novgorod to drive out the Polish-Lithuanian occupiers during the Time of Troubles. This is probably unironically true, given that it’s founder and CEO Dmitry Bastrakov originally hails from Nizhny Novgorod.
My collection of related books.
Typical sample of books published by the Black Hundreds:
- Russian comics produced in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1935-45
- A history of the Russian diaspora from 1920-1970
- “Honor Codex of the Russian Officer” by Valentin Kulchitsky (reproduced in the original orthography), written during WW1 to rapidly acclimatize incoming new officers into the military culture.
- “85 Days in Slavyansk” by Alexander Zhuchkovsky on the first decisive battle of the War in Donbass.
The last book in this photo, though not published by the Black Hundreds themselves, is an anthology of philosopher/antebellum proto-Twitter poster Vasily Rozanov’s work called “Listva”, which is also the namesake of its network of bookshops. Incidentally, there is an organization/discussion club called the Rozanov Club in Saint-Petersburg, which makes videos on related topics, and whom I also gave an interview when I was in Saint-Petersburg last November.
- “Open Media” ran an article in which Yabloko opposition deputy Boris Vishnevsky, “Presidential human rights council” member Nikolay Svanidze, Sova “anti-extremism” director Alexander Verkhovsky, and Communist deputy Elena Shuvalova expressed their opposition to the bookshop.
- David Homak, the creator of Russian RationalWiki equivalent Lurkmore.to (who now lives in Israel), proclaimed it will start selling “Black Goatse” merchandise to its audience.
- Anna Maria – the trans daughter of Mikhail Efremov (a washed up actor currently on trial for manslaughter while drinking & driving) – asked Antifa to inform him if they have any plans to visit nationalist bookshop Listva “with certain intentions” when it opens up in a week’s time.
- Kristina Potupchik, a former Nashi shill, cryptically suggested that the bookshop “would not be open for long.”
So there was some expectation that there’d be attempts to disrupt the opening. As it happens, there were no sightings of Antifa and their deformed physiognomies. Attendance was strong at ~300 people, most of them educated-looking millennial/zoomer hipster types (aesthetically, Russian nationalism c.2020 is far removed from that of just a decade ago, when it was dominated by leather-clad skinheads and Soviet boomers unraveling the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy). If anything, the Black Hundreds owe thanks to the liberals for giving them so much free and enthusiastic advertising.
The AK at Listva.
Russian cider stand.
Even dogs are embracing nationalism.
Journalist Oleg Kashin sends regards from London.
Israeli journalist (LOL) interviews Black Hundreds CEO Dmitry Bastrakov.