— olexander scherba (@olex_scherba) February 17, 2015
During what’s inaccurately called the “Russian Civil War”, the Bolsheviks had a hell of a time with Makhno’s anarchist army in southern Ukraine.
Makhno was also a communist, but in his view, he and his people very quickly threw off the corrupt tsarist system and replaced the courts and village governments. His reaction to all the Russian speaking agitators who came down from Moscow was “we already had our communist revolution, and it went very well, thank you very much.”
The Russians kept defecting to his “black army”. It was a huge problem for them. They eventually found some Asian Russians who didn’t speak Russian to go fight him.