Leftist activists in Crimea report persecution by Russian authorities

By YURI SHAKHIN and PHIL WILAYTO In the midst of an intense campaign of Russia-bashing by Western governments and the mainstream media, anti-imperialists are understandably reluctant to join in by criticizing the Russian government. At the same time, when that government abuses its authority by trying to stifle progressive dissent, it’s necessary to speak out.…

The relevance of the Russian Revolution today

By JEFF MACKLER Leon Trotsky, co-leader with Vladimir Lenin of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia, famously argued that the “Russian Question” was key to the standing of every party on earth that claimed allegiance to the heritage of revolutionary socialist politics. To this day, 100 years after Lenin’s Bolshevik Party led the world’s first…

Russia cracks down on LGBTQ activists

By ANN MONTAGUE In August, Ali Feruz was sentenced in a night court in Russia to be deported to Uzbekistan. He will spend time waiting for his appeal in a new prison for foreigners in Moscow, often known as the Russian Guantanamo. His parents and siblings are all Russian citizens. He had returned to Uzbekistan…

Workers’ struggles repressed in the former USSR

By ANN MONTAGUE On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, many people are rereading the history of the revolution that brought forth the very first worker’s state in history. Since 1991, however, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics no longer exists. The former USSR has splintered into 15 independent capitalist states. The Russian Federation…