Alexander Vladimirovich Buzgalin (19 July 1954 – 18 October 2023) was a prominent figure in the realm of Russian Marxism. As a professor at Moscow State University and a prolific author, Buzgalin’s contributions to political economics and Marxism left an indelible mark on academic and activist circles both in Russia and abroad.
Academic and Professional Stints: At Moscow State University, Buzgalin was affiliated with the Faculty of Economics. He held the esteemed positions of Chair of Economic Theory and Political Economy. His academic endeavors also included being the chief editor of the “Alternatives” quarterly journal and heading the research group at the Center on “Knowledge Economy” Department of Political Economics.
He also served as the Head of Socio-Economics Department of Political Economics and the Center “Knowledge Society.” Beyond Moscow State University, Buzgalin was the Director of the Institute of Socio-Economics at Moscow Finance and Law University. He was part of the Editorial Board of numerous domestic and international journals.
Social Movement and Public Service: Buzgalin’s activism was evident in his role as the coordinator of the Social Movement “Alternatives”. He was a pivotal member of the Organizing Committee of the Russian Social Forums. In addition, he was the 1st Deputy Chairman of the Standing Organizing Committee of the Moscow Economic Forum and the Coordinator of Polit-Economy Association of the CIS countries. Furthermore, he held the position of 1st Deputy Chairman of the Public Movement “Education for All.”
Literary Contributions: Buzgalin was a prolific writer, with more than 350 publications to his name. This impressive oeuvre includes 26 monographs and over 100 articles in esteemed Russian scientific journals such as “Economic Issues” and “Problems of Philosophy.” Some of his notable books include:
- “Global Equity” (Moscow, 2004, 2007)
- “Limits to Capital” (Moscow, 2009)
- “Transition” (Moscow, 1994, 2003)
- “Comparative Economics” (Moscow, 2005)
- “Socialism of the 21st century” (Moscow, 1995)
Defending the Ideals of October: In 2007, marking the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Buzgalin, alongside other Russian scholars like Roy Medvedev, signed a poignant document. This document, published by the US-based socialist organization Solidarity, championed the ideals of the October Revolution, drawing a distinction between the ideals and the subsequent deviations during the Stalinist era.
International Engagement: Buzgalin’s academic prowess had a global footprint. He presented papers and reports at scientific conferences not just in Russia but in over 25 countries. Furthermore, he was a member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies.
Passing Away: The academic and activist community was deeply saddened by Buzgalin’s demise on 18 October 2023. He passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy of profound academic contributions and unwavering commitment to Marxist ideals.
Alexander Vladimirovich Buzgalin‘s life was a testament to the power of academic rigor combined with social activism. His deep-rooted belief in Marxism and his contributions to political economics have carved a niche for him in the annals of history. He remains an inspiration for scholars and activists alike.