John-Paul Himka In a previous contribution to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, I outlined how three historical moments of democratic transition in Russia were aborted and how the kind of centralized, repressive, and aggressive government represented by tsarism, Stalin, and now Putin has reasserted itself. I ended that piece with a question: Can Russia break out … Continue reading IS RUSSIA IRREDEEMABLE?
THE FRAILTY OF RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY
John-Paul Himka The past does not determine the future, but it certainly has a substantial influence on it. In this text, I want to consider how Russia’s previous experiences with democratic transition have helped create the condition of that state now – an authoritarian state that stifles basic civic rights at home and wages a … Continue reading THE FRAILTY OF RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY
We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis
Slavoj Žižek Russia claimed it may be “forced to take retaliatory steps” if Finland joins Nato. No, it will not be “forced,” in the same way that Russia was not “forced” to attack Ukraine. A question like ‘Did US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?’ forgets the fact that it was Russia that crossed the … Continue reading We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis
FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN
By Andriy Rumata The essence of any imperialism of human civilization is to expand its influence. In every sense. But imperialism has always taken different forms depending on the social formation. If feudalism's imperialism pursued expansion of its territories by appealing to "religious wars", capitalism's imperialist is looking for entirely other justifications for its imperial … Continue reading FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN
Self-Determination and the War in Ukraine
BY TARAS BILOUS Two months ago, when I wrote “A Letter to the Western Left from Kyiv,” I hoped that the shock of the Russian invasion and the voices of the Ukrainian left would push Western leftists to reconsider their approach. Unfortunately, too many of them have failed to do so. In their analyses of … Continue reading Self-Determination and the War in Ukraine
LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA
Camden and Westminster Veolia refuse workers protest in support of fellow trade union brothers and sisters in Ukraine GMB Members protesting outside their depot Members of the general workers union GMB held a protest following the expose their employer Veolia was still operating in Russia. This grassroots action is a model of workers solidarity with … Continue reading LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA
Now is the time for socialists to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people
Mick Antoniw For those socialists who oppose imperialism and believe in the right of nations to self-determination, international law and democracy, now is the time to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The situation in Ukraine for most comrades is admittedly confusing and Vladimir Putin’s propaganda strategy has been hard at work for over … Continue reading Now is the time for socialists to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people
TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL ANTI-WAR SOLIDARITY
APPEAL BY UKRAINIAN SOCIALISTS The Kremlin has pulled the Russian army to the Ukrainian borders and is threatening to intervene if the US, NATO, and Ukraine do not fulfill their demands. We, the Ukrainian socialists, call on the international left to condemn the imperialist policies of the Russian government and to show solidarity with people … Continue reading TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL ANTI-WAR SOLIDARITY
Self-determination for Ukraine!
Interview with Marko Bojcun Marko Bojcun spoke to Sacha Ismail about the threat of conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Marko is an independent writer and former academic; his books include The Workers’ Movement and the National Question in Ukraine: 1897-1918 and Towards a Political Economy of Ukraine. He is a supporter of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign. The current crisis … Continue reading Self-determination for Ukraine!
Protest at the Kazakhstan embassy – solidarity with the revolution!
Saturday 8 January 1:00 PM 125 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5EA There is an uprising in Kazakhstan against the government. It started as a protest over fuel prices but has now escalated into a full on confrontation with the regime over its corruption and violence.Workers are on strike, units of the army and … Continue reading Protest at the Kazakhstan embassy – solidarity with the revolution!