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  • Australian Slavonic and East

    European Studies

    (Formerly Melbourne Slavonic Studies)

    Journal of the

    Australian and New Zealand Slavists Association

    and of the

    Australian Association of Communist and Post-Communist Studies

    Volume 26, Nos. 1-2


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    Australian Slavonic and East European Studies

    Editor: Dr Robert Lagerberg, University of Melbourne

    Deputy Editor: Assoc. Prof. Stefan Auer, La Trobe University

    Editorial Board Assoc. Prof. Judith Armstrong, University of Melbourne

    Dr John McNair, University of Queensland

    Dr Lyndall Morgan, University of Queensland

    Prof. Marko Pavlyshyn, Monash University

    Dr Alexandra Smith, University of Edinburgh

    Dr Ludmila Stern, University of New South Wales

    Dr David N. Wells, Curtin University

    Assoc. Prof. Kevin Windle, Australian National University

    ASEES is a refereed journal which publishes scholarly articles, review articles

    and short reviews on all aspects of Slavonic and East European Studies, in particular,

    language, literature, history and political science, and also art and social science. Arti-

    cles should have a maximum length of 8,500 words and review articles 4,000; they

    should be submitted to the editor electronically, preferably in .doc and .pdf format. All

    articles submitted for consideration should conform to the style guidelines set out in

    the ASEES web page.

    ASEES replaces Melbourne Slavonic Studies, founded in 1967 by the late Nina

    Christesen, which ceased publication with Volume 19, 1985.

    Back issues of most volumes are available for A$20.00 per issue plus GST.

    Recent volumes of ASEES are available online at:

    Indexes to all volumes of MSS and ASEES are available at - follow the links to Publications, ASEES, and Indexes.

    ASEES is normally published in one combined issue per year: the current sub-

    scription price is A$35.

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    ISSN-0818 8149

    Published by the School of Languages and Linguistics,

    The University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Telephone: +61 3 8344 5187




    ASEES The Publishers and each contributor, 2012

    ASEES is currently accepting articles for Volume 27 (2013). An electronic

    copy (in Microsoft Word format) should be sent to the editor by 1 July 2013. Papers

    received after this time will not be considered for publication in Volume 27. ASEES

    Volume 27 (2013) will appear early in 2014.

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    Office bearers of the Australian and New Zealand Slavists Association are:

    President: Dr John McNair, University of Queensland

    Vice-Presidents: Assoc. Prof. Kevin Windle, Australian National University

    Assoc. Prof. Irene Zohrab, Victoria University of Wellington

    Secretary-Treasurer Dr David Wells, Curtin University


    Office bearers of the Australian Association of Communist and Post-Communist

    Studies are:

    President: Assoc. Prof. Roderic Pitty, University of Western Australia

    Secretary/Treasurer: Dr Anna Taitslin, University of Canberra

    Executive members: Prof. Leslie Holmes, University of Melbourne

    Mr Tony Phillips, University of Melbourne

    Assoc. Prof. Hans Hendrischke, University of New South


    Assoc. Prof. Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, Monash University

    Dr Lynne Alice, Deakin University

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    Hades or Eden? Herman Bykoffs Russian Australia (1919):

    Translation and Commentary . 1


    Romancing the Empire: Central European Nostalgia in Iurii

    Andrukhovych 27


    The Irony of Absence in Alexander Sokurovs Russian Ark.. 57


    In Between and Beyond: Hybrid Genre and Multicultural Perspective in

    Sergei Dvortsevois Tulpan 77


    Variation in Russian Word Stress: A Survey of Theory and Practice 99

    Notes on Contributors ... 123

  • ASEES, Vol. 26, Nos. 1-2 (2012): 1-25




    Though occasionally cited in historical writing about the early days of the

    Russian community in Australia,2 Herman Bykoffs article on the subject, translated

    below, has never before appeared in print. It was, he claims, accepted by the Brisbane

    fortnightly newspaper Knowledge and Unity in late 1918 or early 1919, but for rea-

    sons unknownhe blamed censorship by the editorsit was not published. As a

    result it is known only from a manuscript copy of the original Russian, confiscated by

    the security authorities, with other papers, and eventually released to the National Ar-

    chives of Australia.3 It is of interest on two counts. Firstly, it offers an insiders view

    of the community and the life of Russian immigrants in the years before and during

    World War I and immediately following the Bolshevik revolution, when the Russian

    community in Queensland was deeply involved in political action, and the object of

    close attention from the security agencies. Secondly, it speaks eloquently about the

    relations between the leading figures in that company of revolutionaries, several of

    1 The names of Russian residents of Australia appear below in the forms they themselves customarily used, thus

    Herman Bykoff, rather than German Bykov, and Klushin rather than Kliushin. This does not apply to

    bibliographical references, where Library of Congress transliteration is used.

    2 Govor, Elena, Australia in the Russian Mirror: changing perceptions 1770-1919 (Melbourne: Melbourne

    University Press, 1997); Kevin Windle, Nabat and its Editors: the 1919 Swansong of the Brisbane Russian

    Socialist Press, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies 21 (2007), 143-163; idem, Unmajestic

    Bombast: The Brisbane Union of Russian Workers as Shown in a 1919 Play, Australian Slavonic and East

    European Studies 19 (2005), 29-51.

    3 NAA: BP4/1 BOX 4 66/4/2165.


    whom were soon to be deported to Russia, and their political tendencies, loyalties and


    Bykoff was born in Saratov in 1891. He spent only three years in Australia,

    having arrived as a sailor in 1916. By his own account he had once been a Left Social-

    ist Revolutionary, and his activism had led to seven years in prison in Russia. By the

    time of the October revolution he saw himself as a Bolshevik Maximalist. He was

    deported in September 1919, but succeeded in making his mark in Russian radicalism

    when this was at its height in Australiathe years immediately following the October

    revolution in Russia. Concerning his later life, there is little information to hand, be-

    yond the fact that he spent some time in Chita in the early 1920s, in a Communist

    Party post, later taught in Leningrad, and appears to have survived the purges of the


    Soon after his arrival Bykoff became an active member of the Brisbane Union

    of Russian Workers (URW), which came to be the focus of radical activism under the

    Bolshevik Theodore (Tom) Sergeeff (Fedor Sergeev; better known by his nom de

    guerre, Artem), and later when led by the forceful and dynamic Alexander Zuzenko

    (1884-1938). Bykoff more than once clashed with Zuzenko, who had been appointed

    secretary of the URW in August 1918. Zuzenkos career is better known than

    Bykoffs and has been described elsewhere, so no more than minimal biographical

    information is needed here. A sailor and seasoned revolutionary from Riga, he arrived

    in Australia in 1911 and soon came to the attention of the authorities as a determined

    agitator. He was deported in April 1919, but returned briefly as an agent of the

    Comintern in 1922, to be deported a second time. His last fourteen years were spent as


    Soviet sea-captain, a career which was cut short by arrest in April 1938, and execution

    shortly thereafter as a British spy.4

    For a brief period in 1918 Bykoff was a leading member of a breakaway or-

    ganization, the Group of Russian Workers (see below), which he soon left, as he re-

    counts in the article, to rejoin the URW. Though rarely able to see eye to eye with

    Zuzenko, he did join him in leading the red flag procession on Sunday 23 March 1919,

    the fateful day which brought in its train a week-long frenzy of rioting in the streets of

    Brisbane and led to the arrest and deportation of some dozen members of the commu-

    nity, Bykoff and Zuzenko among them.5 When brought before a Brisbane court on 1

    April 1919 for his part in the demonstration, he was defiant in informing a hostile

    bench and public gallery of his revolutionary views, which an editorial in The Argus

    dismissed as impudent Bolshevik balderdash.6

    Bykoff was a prolific writer of essays, articles, and political feuilletons. Some

    of these were published in the Brisbane Russian-language press, others in English in

    The Daily Standard and Knowledge and Unity in 1919, but many other pieces re-

    mained unpublished, and plans for some publications r


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