Text Ross Hunter
English School of Science and Technology
With Russia’s history, direction, and relations with the West once more under review, the time is ripe to celebrate one of the great revolutionary thinkers, one largely forgotten in his native city of Moscow. He has but a modest grave in Novodevichy Cemetery, and the square and Moscow metro station named for him are dominated by a dull statue of Friedrich Engels. Nicknamed “the gentle anarchist prince,” Kropotkin was explorer, geographer, exile, prison reformer, critic of Darwinism, idealist, and writer. Having lived in England for 28 seminal years, where he befriended and influenced some of the 20th century’s greatest minds, he was a model of good Anglo-Russian understanding. He wrote with equal fluency in Russian, English, and French, and deserves recognition as a significant influence on radical British as well as Russian thinking.
The article is written by Mr. Ross Hunter, ESS Development Director, and can be read in the Passport Magazine here: