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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.

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.

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.

Deepening unease with US strategy

12 August 2008
The recent fighting between Georgia and Russia has revealed splits in the Western ruling class over whether or not to turn up the heat on Russia.

Scramble for resources is destabilising the world

12 August 2008
The global system of competition between rival power blocs has transformed the Caucasus – with its myriad of ethnic and historic rivalries – into a surrogate test of will between the US and Russia.

War in Caucasuses is result of imperial game

12 August 2008
War has torn apart yet another region of the world in the last week, as Russia and Georgia clashed over South Ossetia, a breakaway province that lies in the Caucasus mountains between the two countries.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Witness to the Gulag

12 August 2008
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer who died this month, was an unparalleled witness to the Gulag – Joseph Stalin’s system of slave labour camps.

Poland timeline

29 July 2008
1945 Poland falls under Russia’s sphere of influence following the Second World War. A dictatorship modeled on Joseph Stalin’s Russia is imposed on the country.1956 A workers’ uprising breaks out in the city of Poznan involving over 100,000 people. It is brutally put down by troops but inspires the creation of workers’ councils in factories in other parts of Poland. It is two years before the movement is crushed.1980 A strike movement sweeps the country in response to an increase in food prices. The Solidarity trade union is formed. It wins massive support and becomes the main opposition to the regime, which is f

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