Libcom is still repeating the claim that Lenin ordered a massacre of prostitutes. I offered them a way out by saying, that it was perhaps an ambiguity in translation or wording that could lead to this impression. But to any reasonable person the point of Lenin's message was clear, namely combating drunkeness (and as I showed his order was carried out in that sense: some drunken soviet men received light sentences). The problem of drunkeness was widespread and obviously weakens the discipline of an army. For example Makhno's order No.1 in Summmer of 1919 had this line:
5. Drinking is a crime. An even bigger crime is for the rebel of the revolutionary army to appear drunk on the street.
A resolution of the Makhnovist congress of 2 November 1919 on drunkeness even allowed for capital punishment:
2. About drunkenness in the Army.
The Congress invites the Military Revolutionary Council of the Army to take the most energetic and stringent measures, up to execution, to combat the evil corrupting and weakening the Army - namely drunkenness. The Congress recommends R.V.S. to withdraw all vodka and wine depots, as well as the general management of the manufacture, storage and distribution of alcohol, vodka, wine and other alcoholic beverages from the hands of any individuals or institutions, and take this matter into their charge for now.
Congress proposes R.V.S. to fight in the most merciless way against the production of moonshine, and proposes to the population to everywhere and decisively stop it. Congress proposes R.V.S. to raise the issue of the manufacture, storage and distribution of alcohol, vodka, etc., only in the quantity needed for medicine and other societies for military purposes. Nevertheless, the Congress recommends the destruction or intoxication (?) of excess reserves.
I just remind Libcom that this was a well-known problem.
Now, there are a lot of stories about prostitution (or forced sex) and Makhnovist anarchists.
But here is one grisly anecdote about Makhno himself. I found passages (cited or paraphrased) from an Isaak Tepper 1924 book.
"It seems to me,” writes Isaac Tepper, “Makhno had a breakdown after one incident in Berdyansk ... The Black Guard (militia) organized a grand feast there: tables were bursting from food and dainties. When the “free people took it kindly”, they lined up a row of prostitutes, gathered from all over the city, so that Makhno would choose a girl to his liking. But among the drunken "freedom fighters" a fight broke out: someone did not want to give the ataman (Makhno) his passion!
Makhno came to the noise and the conflict was dismantled in one fell swoop: right in the courtyard he shot several drunken entertainers.
Another reference to Tepper's book specifies girls:
Since in Russia the activities of anarchist groups, claiming more than club work, were almost everywhere banned, people were drawn into the Gulyai-Poly district, eager for a living thing. The first to come, of course, were the militants, who, being an element not needed in the peaceful Soviet life, were looking for the opportunity to once again test themselves in the violence and feasts that accompany the breakdown of the old world. To their account should be credited the magnificent scene recorded by I. Teper in the Berdyansk brothel, when, watching the drunken share-out of prostitutes, Makhno could not stand it and with disgust began to shoot both girls and his 'fellow-minded people'. But there were fewer such anarchists than is commonly believed, (and) the attitude of Makhno and his headquarters towards them was negative, especially after the Ivangorod group that arrived in Gulyai-Pole tried to hack and rob the brigade box office.
These are just two authors I found who recount the same passage from Tepper's book, and they see no reason to doubt it. I'm sure Tepper's book will be denounced as untrustworthy and just a slander-operation by the Bolsheviks on Makhno's reputation. But if Libcom is so sincerely interested in the anarchist position toward prostitution, then they must be glad to have an opportunity here to set the record straight about Makhno's relation to prostitutes. I'm willing to hear it.