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The Russian Revolution


Struggles to tear out the roots of sexism

Struggles to tear out the roots of sexism United class struggle can undermine sexism and offer hope of liberation. But that doesn't mean sidelining the battle against oppression, writes Isabel Ringrose

Does the Egyptian revolutionary spark live on?

Does the Egyptian revolutionary spark live on? After the defeat of a revolution, there are always three reactions.

Larissa Reisner—dispatches from the front line of the revolution

Larissa Reisner—dispatches from the front line of the revolution Larissa Reisner fought to defend the Russian Revolution. Now a new translation of her reports brings that fight to life

Alexandra Kollontai—a fighter from the struggle

Alexandra Kollontai—a fighter from the struggle Writings From The Struggle contains new translations of Alexandra Kollontai’s work. Isabel Ringrose looks at a revolutionary committed to liberation and socialism

The Communist Party of Great Britain—a party that began as radical

The Communist Party of Great Britain—a party that began as radical The Communist Party of Great Britain was founded 100 years ago to fight for revolutionary change. Ken Olende looks at its roots and the debates that took place as it was formed

Russia 1917 - how a revolution beat back a pandemic

Russia 1917 - how a revolution beat back a pandemic How would a society that has had a revolution deal with pandemics? A glimpse comes from Russia in 1917. The working class, headed by the Bolshevik party, took power in a revolution there in October. Immediately, they had to deal with waves of disease sweeping large parts of Europe.

Mr Jones shows the horror of Stalin’s counter-revolution

07 February 2020
A film about a journalist who uncovers famine in Ukraine could have fallen to smug pro-Westernism. But it has more to say

Alexandra Kollontai—fighting for liberation and freedom

02 July 2019
This new Rebel’s Guide is a critical tool for understanding the struggle today, argues Gabby Thorpe

The Comintern - organising to fight for a global revolution

05 March 2019
Revolutionaries formed the Comintern 100 years ago. Simon Basketter says this was a world-shaping event and that its activities still hold lessons for socialists today

A tradition of global solidarity

06 July 2018
Some on the left argue that defending the EU is about the values of cooperation. But the history of international working class struggle is very different

The revolution didn’t have to lead to a new ruling class

05 December 2017
The victory of Joseph Stalin’s counter revolution and the rise of a bureaucracy that exploited workers was not inevitable

Civil War laid the basis for the end of the Russian Revolution

27 November 2017
The bloodshed of the civil war shows that the ruling class will do anything to stop revolution

Workers needed to seize power in 1917 or risk defeat

21 November 2017
Some critics argue that the Russian Revolution was ‘premature’—but there was no time to lose

Posters and photos reignite the visions of Russia’s revolt in Red Star Over Russia

14 November 2017
A new design exhibition in London gives a graphic illustration of the impact of revolution and counter-revolution in Russia after 1917, writes?Nadia Sayed

Celebrating the 1917 Russian Revolution - and debating the lessons for today

07 November 2017
Hundreds of people marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution at the Celebrating 1917 conference in central London last Saturday.

1917 - when workers shook the world

31 October 2017
The Russian Revolution of October 1917 is the most important event in human history. For centuries ordinary people had dreamed of a world without the rule of emperors, kings, generals and the rich. Some gave their lives fighting for such change.

How workers won in 1917

31 October 2017
The Provisional Government assembled in the Winter Palace at 9pm on 25 October to “work out methods for the resolute and final liquidation of the Bolsheviks”.

The revolution was defeated - but it didn't have to be

31 October 2017
Within a decade of the revolution a regime was taking shape in Russia that pushed back everything revolutionaries had fought for.

Billionaires are getting even richer

29 October 2017
“It has been a good week for billionaires,” wrote the editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek in the Financial Times on Saturday.

The Russian Revolution was democratic. Holding it back was not

02 October 2017
The October uprising had broad support from workers—unlike the parliamentary efforts to hold it back

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