Leo Tolstoy Center for Nonviolence

Getting started

The evil from which people consider defending themselves through violence is incomparably less than the evil that they inflict upon themselves by defending themselves through violence.
— Leo Tolstoy


Welcome to our support center, where you can find answers to your most urgent questions about nonviolence in a matter of seconds.

For us, the most important concept in nonviolence is the value of human life. Therefore we focus on replacing the current methods of defense (both personal and collective), recognizing that a sustainable peace is impossible while maintaining violent security forces such as armies and police, the main tools of which are threats, murder, and bodily harm.

     Discover Nonviolence in Action: Methods and Approaches

We also offer guidance for individuals seeking to live nonviolently — from overcoming personal indifference and aggressiveness, to renouncing citizenship, which is a status that relies on involuntary participation in crimes against human life.

Our experience is based on our daily interaction with, and deep understanding of, one of our world’s most violent social and state systems, known worldwide for its disdain for human life. Therefore, we know well how to prevent the causes and conditions that lead a person to become loyal to violence and dependent on violence.

If you can’t find answers to your most challenging questions in our knowledge base, you can always reach out to us. Just send us a message via facebook or email at info@tolstoycenter.org to get in touch.

We are always ready to help!


Aleksandr Andrevich
Project coordinator
Vitaly Adamenko
Antimilitarist historian
Kamil Churaev
Antimilitarist observer

The Leo Tolstoy Center for Nonviolence, including its knowledge base and advice service, is provided on 'as is' basis and under the terms of agreement with its current implementation. The center is not affiliated with any organization, governmental or public. Opinions expressed on the website may differ from the views or opinions of experts, our own or others. Content sharing is allowed, but a link must be provided to the original source. The project’s core document is Nonviolence in Action: Methods and Approaches: eesti english français italiano lietuvių български русский