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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.

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.

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.

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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18 December 2004
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11 December 2004
1905 Russian Revolution centenary celebration - Battleship Potemkin <table>

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.

Revolutionary plates and teapots broke the mould

27 November 2004
THERE IS no exhibition more exciting than one showing the explosion of artistic expression thrown up by the Russian Revolution of 1917.

He found the seeds of hope in Russia

27 November 2004
V ictor Serge was born in Brussels in 1890. In 1908 he went to Paris, where he edited an anarchist paper.

Harry Wicks: he kept the red flag flying

20 November 2004
nowadays most people recognise that Stalin’s rule in Russia was a perversion of the very name of socialism. But for many years those on the left who spoke out against Stalin were few in number and often persecuted.

A Cloud in Trousers shows the poet Mayakovsky trying to a make a revolution within a revolution

13 November 2004
Taking its title from one of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s greatest poems, in which the future poet of the Russian Revolution revealed that he could be as tender hearted as "a cloud in trousers", this play sets out to bring us the story of the man himself.

Vladimir Mayakovsky: the poet of the revolution

23 October 2004
There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917 - the first in February, the second in October. The February Revolution swept away the thousand-year rule of the Tsar.

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