While making no claims to contemporary relevance, it seems remiss now that Ukraine is in the news not to blog a thrilling account of the life and exploits of Nestor Makhno:
Makhno was particularly bitter when writing about the Ukraine, his homeland, whose liberator he had hoped to become. Her inclusion in the Soviet Union was in his opinion comparable to her occupation by the German and Austrian armies during the World War -- only camouflaged by "Bolshevik hot air." He considered as sheer hypocrisy that clause of the Soviet Constitution of 1923 which granted self-determination to each of the constituent republics, including the right of withdrawal from the Union. For anyone caught in the "act" of advocating such a withdrawal would never get another chance of advocating anything at all. Unwittingly he gave vent to the nationalist longings of most of his countrymen. For in the remote recesses of their hearts even the Ukrainian Communists dream of the well-being their country might enjoy if it did not have to share its enormous wealth with the rest of the Soviet Union.
The former heard of the Revolutioinary Insurrectionary Army of the Ukraine - who clearly wasn't mithered by the colonial 'the' - apparently worked as a stagehand at the Paris Opera while in exile. His relevance to contemporary conflict probably has most to do with his invention of the Technical, at least according to Isaac Babel.