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Ukraine caught in clash between powers as Crimea joins Russia

18 March 2014
Crimea has joined the Russian Federation as the Ukrainian crisis continues to be a faultline for the major powers. The outcome of a referendum in Crimea last weekend was a foregone conclusion. 

Ukraine's taste of freedom

11 March 2014
Ukraine has been a pawn in the imperial games of more powerful nations for centuries—but the 1917 Russian revolution offered a glimpse of hope, writes Ken Olende

The West hesitated over Ukraine due to links with Russia

11 March 2014
Apocalypse seems to have been postponed in Ukraine. In his press conference on Tuesday of last week Vladimir Putin seemed to rule out extending Russia’s occupation of Crimea to eastern Ukraine.

Imperial shifts over Ukraine

11 March 2014
The war of words from world leaders continued this week as Russia tightened its grip on Crimea.

Ukraine in crisis - say no to imperialist war games

04 March 2014
The arrival of Russian troops on the streets of Crimea is producing an ­ever?­escalating war of words from global political leaders.

Tatars fear the return of oppressive Russian rule

04 March 2014
Crimea is best known in Britain for the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.

Loan sharks and fascists circle Kiev

04 March 2014
The Ukrainian parliament ratified an agreement on Tuesday to receive £500 million in loans from the EU.

West relies on Russian trade

04 March 2014
Europe depends heavily on commerce with Russia, especially on energy. 

Imperialist rivals push Ukraine to brink of war

04 March 2014
Intervention in Crimea has escalated a deadly game between Russia and the West, writes Simon Basketter

Putin raises the stakes in imperialist Crimea crisis

03 March 2014
Russia’s seizure of military control over Crimea has brought Ukraine to the brink of war.  This crisis represents the coming together of three distinct conflicts.

As Ukraine’s president flees, who has won?

25 February 2014
After the government falls and rebels claim victory, Simon Basketter looks at the situation in Ukraine

An olympic struggle between oligarchs of West and East

04 February 2014
The Winter Olympics in Sochi start this week amid a welter of controversies. Radical lawyer Bill Bowring summed them up—corruption and cronyism surrounding the construction of Olympic facilities, the war between Moscow and Central Asian jihadis, Russia’s anti-LGBT law, and so on.

LGBT activists in Russia vow to defy Putin’s homophobic lies and laws

04 February 2014
The Russian government has provoked and legitimised a wave of homophobia in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.

Olympic construction workers beaten in Russia

04 February 2014
The people who worked to prepare for the Winter Olympics in Sochi were subjected to beatings, intimidation and little pay.

Concessions fail to stem the crisis in Ukraine

28 January 2014
Oligarchs are exerting their power but protests continue, writes Simon Basketter

Protesters shake government in Ukraine

03 December 2013
Mass Protests were loosening president Viktor Yanukovych’s control of Ukraine as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Obama’s Syria deal with Russia shows the limits of US power

17 September 2013
US president Barack Obama has stepped back from his threat to bomb Syria. The US and Russia signed an accord in Geneva last Saturday. 

Putin’s homophobic laws lie behind a wave of violent attacks across Russia

13 August 2013
Russian Nazis are using a social networking site to target young gay men for torture, according to the human rights group Spectrum. 

How Victor Serge kept the flame of the Russian Revolution alive

04 December 2012
Victor Serge was a revolutionary anarchist who went to Russia in 1919 and joined the communists. His articles, books and novels capture the revolutionary experience in the first half of the 20th century.

Eyewitness from Russia: Vladimir Putin's war on the new left

13 November 2012
The recent arrests of socialist leaders in Russia, on charges of organising riots, are the latest step in the Vladimir Putin government’s attempts to stifle opposition.

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