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Kirill Medvedev, "Attack on City Hall"

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Uploaded on May 22, 2013

Moscow poet and activist Kirill Medvedev and his translator, Keith Gessen, read "Attack on City Hall" and perform the song "Comrade Kots" at Wesleyan University, April 2013.
Kirill Medvedev is the founder of the Free Marxist Press and the author, most recently, of It's No Good: Poems/Essays/Actions. He has opted out of the literary world by refusing to copyright his works; the copyright page of It's No Good reads "Copyright denied by Kirill Medvedev, 2012." Kirill is also the lead singer of Arkady Kots, a protest rock band.
"He comes across as a shambling holy fool, an unkempt mix of Roberto Benigni and Gary Shteyngart. He throws complicated moral thunder. . . . Medvedev's unrhymed, come-as-you-are poems (he is a translator of Charles Bukowski) reject romanticism of any sort." -- Dwight Garner, The New York Times.
Keith Gessen is a founding editor of n+1 and Kirill Medvedev's translator; he has also translated Ludmilla Petrushevskaya and Vladimir Sorokin. He writes about Russia for the New Yorker and the London Review of Books.

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