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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.

Stalin’s Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky

21 July 2009
At 4am on 24 May 1940 machine gun bullets tore through the bedroom where the exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his wife Natalia were sleeping.

The united front: unity in action

09 June 2009
Newspapers report that Labour Party members conspiring to end Gordon Brown’s leadership have taken to quoting the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s phrase – "March separately, strike together".

Ship’s crew stranded without pay

19 May 2009
The Russian crew of the freighter OMG Kolpino have now been marooned in Avonmouth docks for over two months.

Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism

17 February 2009
At the centre of the Tate Modern’s new exhibition is a reconstruction of 5x5=25, a 1921 show by the Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko.

Russian protests at the economic crisis

03 February 2009
Defying riot police, protesters took to the streets of Vladivostok, Moscow and other Russian cities in protest at the economic crisis.

Uniting in struggle: John Riddell on the Communist International in 1922

18 November 2008
In 1922 socialists from around the world travelled to Russia to discuss and debate the future of the workers' movement.

Orwell’s Animal Farm takes the stage

28 October 2008
George Orwell’s "fairy story" Animal Farm stands as one of the most powerful indictments of Stalinist Russia.

It's time to take on threat of Nato, vows CND conference

21 October 2008
On 4 April next year the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) will celebrate its 60th anniversary. It pretends to be a defensive military alliance – but the recent conflict between Georgia and Russia shows the true purpose of Nato and why the peace movement must oppose its existence.

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970

14 October 2008
This period from the end of the Second World War to the mid-1970s was one of great political tension and exceptional creativity that touched all aspects of life. This exhibition explores the design of both sides in the Cold War between the superpowers of Russia and the US.

Burn After Reading

14 October 2008
This film verges on spoof. Two scatty gym workers find the autobiography of a recently sacked FBI agent and attempt to bribe and blackmail him while selling the information to Russian intelligence.

Turmoil on Wall Street hammers Moscow’s markets

30 September 2008
The shockwaves from the US credit crisis have started to crash into Russia’s economy.

New Labour banging war drums - again

02 September 2008
The new Labour government is leading the West’s war of words against Russia in its dispute with Georgia.

Western leaders panic at their plight in Afghanistan

26 August 2008
The occupation of Afghanistan has entered a new and deeper crisis. A rising number of sophisticated attacks on foreign troops, combined with a growing rebellion in Pakistan and Russia's crushing of Nato ally Georgia, have raised the prospect that the occupation is heading for defeat.

George Bush is the real loser in the latest Caucasus war

26 August 2008
Now that the dust is beginning to settle, what are the long term consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia?

Imperialism, nationalism and national liberation struggles

26 August 2008
The recent war in the Caucasus between Russia and Georgia has highlighted once again the complex question of national rights. National antagonisms and nationalism are often put forward as explanations for war. Nationality and nations are portrayed as age-old.

Missile system turns Britain into a target

19 August 2008
George Bush’s plans for a "missile defence shield" have already played a major part in goading Russia and destabilising the Caucasus. Now it could turn Britain into a target in any future nuclear confrontation.

It’s not Czechoslovakia 1968

19 August 2008
In the Czech Republic, just as in most European countries, we have been watching television pictures of Georgia’s "brave" president Mikheil Saakashvili "defending his small country against imperial Russia".

Polish activists: ‘We’ve had Moscow, we don’t want Washington’

19 August 2008
The US and Poland’s leaders have escalated the militarisation of Europe and the tensions between the West and Russia.

The US and Russia: the limits of a superpower

19 August 2008
Internationally the war is a big blow for the US, at least in Central Europe and the Caucasus. It has suddenly shown that the influence and control of the sole superpower is limited. There are situations when the superpower cannot protect its client states such as Georgia.

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