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Flowers Through ConcreteExplorations in Soviet Hippieland$
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Juliane Fürst

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788324

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788324.001.0001

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Consolidation

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Flowers Through Concrete
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Juliane Fürst

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788324.003.0003

This chapter continues the chronological history of the Soviet hippie movement. It turns its gaze specifically on Moscow, where Iurii Burakov (alias Solntse) was instrumental in creating a loose association of hippies and their friends, which soon became known as the sistema. It explores the personality of Iura, who left a rich archive of auto-biographical writing, revealing a thoughtful young man steeped in his Soviet socialization, which left him with a strong desire for self-improvement and a collective mission. With greater organization on the part of the hippies, the state also mustered a stronger response. Both developments culminated in the 1 June 1971 demonstration, organized by Iura Burakov as a collective action against the American war in Vietnam, but which de facto was used by the authorities as a sting operation to capture the data of Moscow hippies and their like-minded peers. The demonstration resulted in the arrest of hundreds of hippies, possibly more than a thousand. Iura Burakov was left with the tarnished reputation of a potential traitor, entangled in the web of KGB tactics, which were first directed at destroying, later at co-opting the sistema.

Keywords:   hippies, Moscow, sistema, political protest, Iurii Burakov

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