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The Russian artists who drew Futurism to the left

31 March 2007
Socialists have often felt rather uncomfortable with Futurism. This Italian art movement, founded in 1909, sang the praises of new technology, aeroplanes and the mass media – but it also exalted war and colonialism.

9th Company | Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

24 February 2007
9th CompanyDirected by Fyodor BondarchukFilm out now Set during the Soviet Union’s ill-fated Afghanistan war in the 1980s, Fyodor Bondarchuk’s film 9th Company is Russia’s equivalent to the Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now films.

Sexual liberation and the Russian Revolution

20 January 2007
The modern gay rights movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall riots in New York.

Street art 2: Russia 1917 – public festivals

16 December 2006
The creative flowering that followed the Russian Revolution of 1917 is an extraordinary example of how art can play a major part in the struggle for a better society.

Alexander Litvinenko and Russia’s killing game

09 December 2006
After the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in October, I predicted that there would be a follow up to this story. Unfortunately, I was right.

From Russia with mirth – the media and the poisoned spy

02 December 2006
Socialist Worker has been leaked the details of a conversation overheard in the editor’s office at a popular newspaper.

Hungary 1956: autumn of hope

28 October 2006
More than any other event, Hungary’s revolution in 1956 revealed the real nature of the Soviet bloc’s "socialism". What had begun in Russia in 1917 as a genuine workers revolution had, under Joseph Stalin, degenerated into an imperial system imposed by force and defended by tanks.

Korea: a history of division

21 October 2006
North Korea is facing threats from the West over its recent nuclear testing. Owen Miller looks at the history of a country torn apart by the superpowers

Labour in cartoons 2: 1924 - The Trojan horse

21 October 2006
The end of the First World War coincided with a huge wave of workers’ uprisings across Europe, fuelled by the Bolsheviks coming to power in the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Reports round-up

21 October 2006
NUJ protest at Russian embassy The NUJ journalist’s union protested outside the Russian embassy in London last Saturday, over the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Anna Politkovskaya: Putin and the reporter he killed

14 October 2006
Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist murdered by a hit-man in Moscow last Saturday, was Russia’s Robert Fisk. At great personal risk she reported Russia’s criminal occupation of Chechnya.

Pierre Broué: The German Revolution, 1917-1923

14 October 2006
Pierre Broué’s brilliant Marxist history of the German Revolution has just been published as an English language paperback. Ian Birchall introduces two extracts from the book

The Russian Revolution and national freedom

09 September 2006
We live during a new wave of struggles for national freedom and dignity, expressed most strongly in the Middle East and Latin America, but finding a reflection in the heartlands of imperialism.

Challenging the Russian transnationals

05 August 2006
Boris Kagarlitsky said, "The rise of Russian transnationals has created a new stage in Russian capitalism. The left must address this. At an early stage oligarchic groups formed around bank, oil, and gas companies.

Tony Cliff on the roots of Israel’s violence

29 July 2006
Looking back on my own experience in Palestine I can see how today’s horror grew from small beginnings. Zionism, Jewish separateness and the belief in a Jewish homeland, have developed into state violence. My parents were pioneering Zionists, leaving Russia for Palestine in 1902 to join a total Zionist population of a few thousand.

Ted Grant 1913-2006

29 July 2006
Ted Grant, who died last week, was one of the last survivors of the generation of Trotskyists who inherited the movement after the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s murder in 1940.

Russia and socialism

15 July 2006
Many people today are interested in a revolutionary alternative to capitalism. But they often worry that socialism is associated with the brutality of Stalinism, a system which dominated Russia and Eastern Europe for much of the 20th century and that was no better than Western capitalism.

G8 in Russia: Putin’s new power politics

15 July 2006
The Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations will rarely have looked less capable of solving the world’s problems than at their summit in St Petersburg, Russia, this weekend.

Who says?

15 July 2006
"Why had we thought the Afghans wouldn’t fight? They defeated the Russians after all."Christina Lamb, Times journalist embedded with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan

Reviews round-up

15 July 2006
The SeagullDirected by Katie MitchellNational Theatre, LondonUntil 23 September This is a fresh and innovative production of one of the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s finest plays. It deals with conflicting visions of art, with love, class and the claustrophobia of bourgeois families.

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