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State and Revolution: Why we need to smash the state

09 November 2010
The Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin wrote this book in the midst of the extreme violence of the First World War, and the revolutionary upheaval taking place in Russia in 1917.

The Lower Depths

07 September 2010
Maxim Gorky’s play about life in Russia in 1902 is perfectly suited to the tiny warren that is the Baron’s Court theatre.

Trotsky’s socialism

17 August 2010
Seventy years ago this week an agent of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin murdered the exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky by smashing his skull with an ice pick.

Red Plenty: Illuminating but flawed vision of Russian dreams

10 August 2010
In the 1950s Russia’s economy was expanding fast. Economists seriously forecast that by 1980 Russia would outstrip the US militarily and in consumer goods.

BP crisis continues 100 days on

27 July 2010
The boss of BP, Tony Hayward, has resigned—with a massive pay-off of £1 million and the likelihood of becoming a non-executive director of Russian joint venture TNK-BP.

From Russia with ineptitude

06 July 2010
The British media took the opportunity to take us back to the Cold War era when the US arrested 11 Russian spies last week.

Class rule hiding behind austerity

15 June 2010
We live, we are constantly told, in a liberal pluralist society. Unlike the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, information and ideas aren’t monolithically controlled from above in these societies.

Profits behind Russian mine disaster

11 May 2010
At least 32 miners are dead after an explosion at the Raspadskaya mine in Russia. A further 58 are missing.

The Bolsheviks and working in ‘the pigsty’

27 April 2010
The experience of the Russian Bolsheviks shows that parliament can be a useful platform for revolutionaries.

Rulers' fear as world becomes less stable

13 April 2010
WORLD RULERS are in crisis. A revolution erupts in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, in Russia’s "backyard". An open Nazi party takes nearly one in five votes in the first round of the Hungarian elections. In Thailand, a mass movement shakes the regime. In Greece, the fear of meltdown forces the EU to offer emergency funds—at a price.

Theatre: A Model for Mankind

13 April 2010
The career of composer Dimitri Shostakovich and his relationship to the rise and fall of the Russian Revolution is a fascinating and complex subject.

Putin stokes up tensions after Russian bombings

06 April 2010
A series of bombings in the Russian republic of Ingushetia could be laying the groundwork for another war in the region.

Glasgow rallies to defend its refugees

16 March 2010
The tragic suicide of three Russian asylum seekers in Glasgow has shone a light on the appalling conditions faced by many refugees.

The Fourth International: Keeping the flame alive

23 February 2010
Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian revolution, opposed Joseph Stalin’s increasing stranglehold on the Soviet Union and the Third International.

Russia’s sexual revolution after 1917

16 February 2010
The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the lives of gay men and lesbians. Russia became a beacon for workers, the poor and oppressed who saw for the first time how society could be run for the benefit of all.

Eastern Europe's exposure to crisis

12 January 2010
The economic crisis that has swept Eastern Europe and Russia was the ghost at the feast at last year’s celebrations of the anniversary of the 1989 revolutions.

Socialist Worker Appeal: Christmas competition

01 December 2009
The Socialist Worker Appeal team has put together a great selection of gift ideas for this Christmas, ranging from coffee sets to T-shirts, a Big Red Diary to jewellery, mugs to a Russian Revolution snowstorm.

Russia was a crucible for new development

15 September 2009
Most socialists dream of taking part in a revolution. The revolutionary Leon Trotsky was involved in two, playing a leading role in the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

How Afghanistan became the graveyard of the Russian empire

08 September 2009
In the early 1990s a common sight in the Moscow metro was young men in military uniform begging for money. They had no legs. These were some of the victims of Russia’s disastrous occupation of Afghanistan.

Stalin’s unholy alliance with Hitler

01 September 2009
When German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop arrived in Moscow in August 1939 to meet his Russian counterpart, Russian dictator Joseph Stalin turned out to greet him.

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