"It Felt like Strike Was in the Air at the Beginning of the Invasion." A Conversation with Sasha Talaver (Feminist Antiwar Resistance)


  • Ksenia Robbe University of Groningen
  • Sasha Talaver Central European University, Vienna


Femininst Antiwar Resistance, Labour day, labour rights, mothers against war, International Women's Day, Russia's war against Ukraine, reproductive labour


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Author Biographies

Ksenia Robbe, University of Groningen

Ksenia Robbe’s research engages with postcolonial and postsocialist transitions and develops critical perspectives on these processes through the studies of memory, time, and feminist practices in East European and Southern African literature, film and visual art. She is a Senior lecturer at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Sasha Talaver, Central European University, Vienna

Alexandra (Sasha) Talaver is a Ph.D. candidate in Gender Studies at the Central European University, Vienna. She explores the opportunities, limitations, and tactics of women members of the Soviet Women’s Committee in advocating for reproductive justice. She is co-editor of the book Feminist Samizdat: 40 Years After (Moscow: Commonplace, 2020). Aside from her academic work, Sasha is involved in feminist activism and is one of the coordinators of the Feminist Anti-War Resistance, which was founded in Russia on the day after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


Arruzza, Cinzia, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser. 2019. Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. London: Verso.

Crowley, Stephen. 2021. Putin’s Labour Dilemma: Russian Politics between Stability and Stagnation. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Sheill, Kate. 2019. A Dangerous Unselfishness: Learning from Strike Actions. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.