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12 June 2019

TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism

This five-part docudrama focuses on the disaster in 1986 that took place at the Chernobyl (now part of Ukraine) nuclear facility in the Soviet Union.

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12 September 2018

Support for Putin's regime dips over major attacks on state pensions

The day Russia unexpectedly won its first game in the football World Cup tournament the government announced a major attack on the pension age, first established decades ago - currently 55 years for women and 60 years for men.

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11 April 2018

Striking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader's understanding

Non-fiction: Trotsky in 1917: 'Trotsky in 1917' is the most complete collection in English of some of the contributions of Leon Trotsky, one of the Russian revolution's key leaders alongside Vladimir Lenin, in that crucial year

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18 October 2017

Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

The centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile - not mainly aimed at the February revolution, but at October

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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12 July 2017

July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent

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6 July 2017

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act

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15 March 2017

Women's struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder

Writing at socialistworld.net, Clare Doyle pointed out that "only in a few countries - Pakistan and Turkey among them - have demonstrations regularly taken place on International Women's Day."

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22 February 2017

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

11 August 2016

Trotskyism: what is it?

Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.

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28 June 2016

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...

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24 February 2016

Khrushchev: the Stalinist who denounced Stalin

60 years ago, at the 20th conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956, first secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced the dictatorial crimes of Joseph Stalin who had died in 1953.

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9 September 2015

Cuba at a crossroads

The gains of the revolution of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are under threat.

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5 August 2015

Hiroshima - 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

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French resistance fighters liberated Paris from Nazi occupation

French resistance fighters liberated Paris from Nazi occupation

27 May 2015

VE Day: When 'liberation' meant socialism

Commemorations marking the 70th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day recently took place in Britain (and throughout the world) with establishment dignitaries saluting veteran service men and women who liberated Europe from the clutches of fascism

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18 February 2015

Decades of disastrous and bloody interventions

Review - Bitter Lake: Why do the mass media and politicians tell "stories" about Western foreign policy which are "increasingly unconvincing and hollow"? To answer this, film-maker Adam Curtis examines the western "narrative" through the "prism of Afghanistan"

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Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

29 October 2014

Lessons from history: 1917 Revolution in Russia

The October revolution (7-8 November in the modern calendar) of 1917 in Russia was the greatest event in human history. Under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, it brought into existence the first, and so far the only, workers-led government to hold power for any length of time

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11 July 2014

Issac Babel: 120th anniversary

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel

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11 July 2014

Isaac Babel - Soviet writer, victim of Stalinism

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel, writes Andy Ford, Manchester Socialist Party.

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What went wrong in Russia?

What went wrong in Russia?

10 August 2013

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure

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