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08 July 2006
Kandinsky: The Path To AbstractionTate Modern, central London until 1 October<a href="http://www.tate.org.uk" target = "_blank">www.tate.org.uk</a> A new exhibition follows the journey of Russian revolutionary artist Wassily Kandinsky from a figurative landscape painter to one of the founders of modern art. Kandinsky’s artistic revolution was heavily influenced by the Russian revolutionary movement and the revolution that occurred in Russia in 1917. This is an inspirational exhibition, with paintings conveying political turmoil and the birth of a new hope.

Enemies: capturing the spirit of the 1905 Russian Revolution

23 May 2006
Whatever your feelings about Maxim Gorky, Enemies is a play that seems to capture the possibilities when society is on the edge of change.

Maxim Gorky: a playwright bitter about the state of society

23 May 2006
In 1907 when Maxim Gorky’s play Enemies was sent to the Russian censor it was banned. The censor said that it was "nothing but a diatribe against the possessing classes".

Leeds students campaign to kick out the racist lecturer Frank Ellis

25 March 2006
The campaign against Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic studies at Leeds University, is growing. He has a history of racism, homophobia and sexism.

Dr Frank Ellis at Leeds university

18 March 2006
"Immigrants should be hunted down, rounded up and deported." "Homosexuality should be weeded out." These are just two of the foul comments made by Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies at Leeds University in an interview with Leeds Student journalist Matt Kennard.

Khrushchev's secret speech: a crack in the monolith

18 February 2006
Political speeches are usually one-day wonders. Fifty years ago next week, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev made a "secret speech" that was very different. Late in the evening of 24 February 1956 delegates to the 20th congress of the Soviet Communists were called back from their hotels to the Kremlin in the greatest secrecy.

Soviet Times: photos of war and revolution

11 February 2006
This exhibition of 30 photographs from the archives of Novosti RAI, the Soviet Press Agency is a must see. It charts the history of Russia from the 1917 revolution to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Slick multinationals destroying Siberia

29 October 2005
British oil multinational BP has been accused by activists of supporting a company responsible for polluting areas across Russia.

When midnight struck in Moscow

22 October 2005
By December 1905, Russia was gearing itself up for a full-scale counter-revolution.

The first Stop the War movement

08 October 2005
One hundred years ago this autumn, Russia and Japan signed a peace treaty which brought 18 months of war to an end.

Russia 1917 inspired the wave of struggles

17 September 2005
By the end of the First World War workers’ councils — soviets to use the Russian term — were taking root across Europe.

Esfir Shub: a new message from old film footage

05 February 2005
Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the cliche. Necessity drove Esfir Shub to become a brilliant film editor in the years immediately after the 1917 Russian Revolution. In the early 1920s filmmaking resources were scarce, but film was a key modern art form and a crucial means of conveying information to people across the newly formed Soviet Republic.

Aleksander Rodchenko wanted a design for a new life

22 January 2005
In the winter of 1921 the Russian socialist leader Lenin made a trip to a new art school. The art school had a progressive and experimental curriculum, where questions of art and design were annexed to the needs of the Soviet state. A student told Lenin that they were trying to figure out how art and politics could be linked.

Bookmarks

22 January 2005
Bookmarks has just published a new edition of Rosa Luxemburg’s superb pamphlet The Mass Strike (£4), which draws out the lessons for socialists from the titanic strikes that repeatedly shook the Russian empire in the revolution of 1905.

Trotsky’s Literature and Revolution: culture is part of the struggle for socialism

15 January 2005
It might seem strange that, in 1922 and 1923, when the Russian Revolution was still fighting for its life, Leon Trotsky, having refused to accept the office of vice-premier in the new government, devoted an entire book, Literature and Revolution, to artistic questions.

Mass strike revealed strength of working class

08 January 2005
What can we learn from a revolution in Russia a century ago? It seems a world removed from our lives in 2005. But 1905 was about a new working class coming of age.

1905: Birth of a new Power

08 January 2005
On 9 January 1905 peace-ful demonstrators were massacred by troops in St Petersburg, the capital of imperial Russia. This event, known as Bloody Sunday, ignited a revolutionary movement which paralysed the Russian state for a year, sparked protest in town and countryside, and gave birth to genuine workers’ democracy in the process.

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11 December 2004
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Ukraine’s Brutal History

04 December 2004
Ukraine means "borderland". It suggests a country far away from the heart of Europe. But many Ukrainians believe they live in the middle of Europe—and they have a point. The Ukraine may have a huge border with Russia, but it also touches Belarus, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Romania, as well as Moldova.

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