Anti-War Demonstration at Moscow State University

Address: 9 Mokhovaya Street (the courtyard of the Faculty of History, Moscow State University), Moscow

Yuri Burakov ("Solnyshko") with his friends, 1969.

Yuri Burakov ("Solnyshko") with his friends, 1969.

On June 1, 1971, on International Children’s Rights Day, a group of young hippies gathered for a demonstration in the courtyard of the Faculty of History at Moscow State University. Presumably, they wanted to walk to the U.S. Embassy (21 Novinskii Boulevard) and demonstrate against the Vietnam War. Once a banner with the text “Make Love, Not War” was opened, the participants were disbanded and arrested by the police. They were soon released, but their names were kept on a secret list, which the police had made earlier. It was rumored that the demonstration was set up by the KGB in order to provoke the hippies.

 A shot from a newsreel. Arrest of hippies on June 1, 1971.

 A shot from a newsreel. Arrest of hippies on June 1, 1971.

Alexey Makarov