Russian Federation

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution

Report documents record levels of social inequality in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 May 2017

With the exception of a small and stunningly wealthy layer of oligarchs and a narrow upper-middle class, the restoration of capitalism has produced a disaster for the Russian population.

The political and social roots of the Democratic Party’s anti-Russia hysteria

By Andre Damon, 13 May 2017

The crisis surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey has been seized on by the Democratic Party and much of the media to escalate their anti-Russian campaign.

US bombs kill 11 civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017

The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Lecture on the centenary of the Russian Revolution

Lenin’s Return to Russia and the April Theses

By James Cogan, 8 May 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered on Saturday, May 6, by James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The audio for the lecture is embedded in the text.

Tense standoff continues on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017

The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.

Syrian rebels massacre at least 126 civilians in suicide bomb blast

By Jordan Shilton, 17 April 2017

The general indifference shown to the victims of this brutal massacre exposes once again the hypocrisy of the crusaders for “human rights” in the US and Europe.

US media warns of “Russian meddling” in Latin America

By Alex González, 17 April 2017

The claim Russia is looking to increase its influence in Latin America is part of a broader effort to prepare public opinion for war with Russia.

Russia and Iran issue warning against further US attack on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2017

Russia and Iran warned that any US attack in Syria would have “grave consequences” for the region and the world.

Talks in Moscow fail to dispel rising US-Russian tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2017

Five hours of talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials left relations between the two major nuclear powers at what both sides described as a low point.

Canada joins Washington in charging Russia with complicity in “war crimes”

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2017

The Trudeau government is providing strong backing to the Trump administration’s moves to escalate military conflict in the Middle East and pursue confrontation with Russia.

What would a US-European-Russian war look like?

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2017

There is virtually no discussion in the mass media of the catastrophic consequences of a war involving the United States, the European powers and Russia.

Tensions “highest since Cold War” as US secretary of state arrives in Moscow

By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2017

On the eve of Secretary of State Tillerson’s meetings in Moscow, Russian President Putin warned of new chemical weapons provocations to justify more US attacks on Syria.

Under US instruction, UK foreign secretary abandons visit to Russia

By Chris Marsden, 10 April 2017

In line with the Trump administration, the Conservative government is demanding regime change in Syria and preparing a military offensive to that end.

Russian truckers’ strike enters third week amid police crackdown

By Clara Weiss, 10 April 2017

Finding support among broad layers of Russia’s impoverished population, the strike reflects the social tensions building up under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis.

Demotion of Bannon brings White House crisis into the open

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2017

The conflict within the White House involves both foreign and domestic policy, as Trump scraps his populist pretenses and moves to do the bidding of Wall Street.

Lecture on the centenary of the Russian Revolution

The Legacy of 1905 and the Strategy of the Russian Revolution

By Fred Williams, 7 April 2017

This is an edited version of a lecture delivered live March 25 on the origins and significance of the Russian Revolution of 1905. To register for the lecture series, visit wsws.org/1917.

Explosion in St. Petersburg kills at least 10

By Vladimir Volkov, 4 April 2017

Russian officials are investigating the bombing, which injured some fifty people, as a possible terrorist attack.

Behind the Guardian’s “Laundromat” money laundering exposure

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2017

Last week, the Guardian newspaper carried a feature story claiming to expose a “vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB.”

New York Times column compares Trump probe to hunt for Soviet “atomic spies”

By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2017

The neo-McCarthyite campaign shows the diseased character of the US two-party system and the rightward-moving Democratic Party.

Senate hearing sets stage to escalate bipartisan campaign against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2017

In a significant shift from the campaign waged over the past several months, the Senate hearing heard claims that Russian cyber-operations had targeted Republicans and Democrats alike.

Conflict over Trump-Russia probe reaches stalemate in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2017

The foreign policy dispute behind the divisions was underscored by remarks from Dick Cheney, who called Russian intervention in the US elections an “act of war.”

The New York Times’ hypocrisy over protests in Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2017

The “newspaper of record” has seized on last Sunday’s protests to promote escalating confrontation with Moscow and nurture the most right-wing forces in Russia itself.

Thousands protest throughout Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 29 March 2017

While many demonstrators expressed opposition to inequality, the pro-Western, far-right program of Alexei Navalny has nothing to do with the genuine interests of working people.

Democrats, McCain back independent commission on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2017

Over the weekend, leading Democrats reiterated their declaration that Russian interference in the 2016 US election was an “act of war.”

US general calls for nuclear build-up against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2017

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, who oversees the US nuclear stockpile, told the New York Times, “You need to have the will to use” nuclear weapons.

The New York Times demands a Trump special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2017

The Times is the media spearhead of the campaign by the Democratic Party and the military-intelligence apparatus to whip up a war frenzy against Russia.

Bitter recriminations within the ruling class over Trump’s claim that Obama spied on his campaign

By Andre Damon, 6 March 2017

US politics was dominated over the weekend by mutual reproaches between the White House and intelligence agencies in a conflict that is centered on issues of foreign policy and war.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigation as media, Democrats revive anti-Russian campaign

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2017

Democrats’ fulminations against Sessions have nothing to do with his reactionary and deeply antidemocratic actions in the three weeks since he became attorney general.

Washington accuses Russia of bombing US-backed forces in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 2 March 2017

The incident underscores the explosive character of the Syria conflict, which could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between nuclear-armed powers.

Democrats, media step up right-wing campaign on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2017

There is mounting pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2017

Amidst the non-stop anti-Russian hysteria from the media and the Democratic Party, no one is posing the question: What will be the consequences of a war with Russia?

In Russia, reality sinks in after Flynn ouster

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2017

Anxieties are growing in Moscow as the forced resignation of US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn points to an intensification of anti-Russian hysteria in Washington.

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2017

The dismissals come as a US congressional committee shuts down the official investigation and reports of more potentially lead-connected deaths emerge.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine amid continued NATO buildup against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2017

The renewed fighting in Donetsk has all the earmarks of a Ukrainian provocation aimed at assuring the continuation of US sanctions against Moscow.

Canada appoints anti-Russia hawk as foreign minister

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2017

Freeland’s appointment exemplifies the Canadian elite’s support for intensifying Washington’s reckless military-strategic offensive against nuclear-armed Russia.

US escalates Russia tensions on eve of Trump inauguration

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2017

The deployment of 300 Marines to Norway Monday was accompanied by a barrage of anti-Russian rhetoric from the outgoing Obama administration.

Amid anti-Russia media campaign

First permanent deployment of US troops on Russian border since Cold War

By Andre Damon, 16 January 2017

Some 4,000 US troops, together with tanks, artillery and armored vehicles, arrived in Poland over the weekend, further escalating tensions with Russia ahead of the inauguration of Trump.

French defence minister whips up hysteria over Russian hacking of elections

By Anthony Torres, 13 January 2017

Despite anti-Russian hysteria in the media, no concrete evidence has been produced to show that Moscow hacked election results either in the United States or France.

The Guardian uses anti-Russian hacking claims to proselytise for CIA and war

By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017

The Guardian demands that readers abandon their critical faculties—or what the newspaper would undoubtedly deem their “illegitimate scepticism”—to line up behind the war aims of the CIA and the Democratic Party.

Devastating HIV epidemic hits Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 January 2017

A quarter century after the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, an HIV epidemic, closely bound up with massive heroin consumption, is raging in Russia.

The media campaign on Russian hacking and the US debacle in Syria

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2017

Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.

Split widens between Trump, CIA over Russian hacking allegations

By Andre Damon, 5 January 2017

President-elect Trump and factions of the political establishment aligned with the CIA hurled accusations at each other Wednesday over allegations that the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 US election.

Anti-Russia “fake news” campaign rolled out across Europe

By Julie Hyland, 5 January 2017

Divisions within the US over foreign policy are mirrored within and between national ruling elites across Europe.

Right-wing campaign on hacking allegations continues

Democrats, Republicans call for new sanctions against Russia

By Tom Hall, 3 January 2017

The demands are part of the ongoing campaign for an intensification of Washington’s economic and military confrontation with Moscow.

The lying campaign on Russian hacking

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2016

The US media, led by the New York Times, has embraced Obama’s retaliatory measures against alleged Russian hacking despite the fact that the White House has put forward no evidence to substantiate its claims.

NATO forces menace Russia

US Army, German Bundeswehr dispatch thousands of troops to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2016

The deployment of US combat troops is part of NATO's continual eastward expansion since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2016

The executive order issued Thursday is nominally directed against Russian hacking, but constitutes a sweeping attack on democratic rights.

Turkey claims to have brokered cease-fire in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016

On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.

Cause of fatal Christmas Day Russian military plane crash still undetermined

By Niles Niemuth, 28 December 2016

Russian investigators have downplayed the possibility that the plane was brought down Sunday by a bomb or missile, instead focusing on mechanical failure or pilot error.

Russian oil giant Rosneft sells large stake to Western companies

By Ivan Geliopolskiy, 28 December 2016

As Russia descends further into economic crisis, the Kremlin is selling off state property, in part to Western investors, as it attempts to defend the interests of the Russian oligarchy.

UK: Cambridge “spy” forum splits over alleged “Russian influence”

By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2016

The split comes against the backdrop of US and British imperialism’s debacle in Syria.

Russia, Iran and Turkey issue joint declaration on Syrian settlement

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2016

The joining of Turkey, a NATO ally, with Moscow and Tehran has provoked anger and recriminations from the US establishment and media.

Turkey, Russia, Iran sign deal on Syria after shooting of Russian ambassador

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016

Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.

Obama threatened war over alleged Russian election hacking

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2016

The “red phone” between the White House and Kremlin, a relic of the nuclear confrontations of the Cold War, was pressed into service.

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016

The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.

Putin-Abe talks in Japan fail to resolve territorial dispute

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2016

In the wake of Trump’s election and the prospect of better relations with the US, the Russian president no longer felt the need to make concessions to Japan.

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2016

The campaign by the Democrats against Trump is not over the far-right character of his cabinet, but his insufficiently aggressive attitude toward Russia.

The US media’s neo-McCarthyite campaign for war against Russia

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.

New York Times’ narrative of Russian hacking: War propaganda in the guise of news

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2016

Wednesday’s front-page article in the Times is pure propaganda aimed at polluting public opinion and creating the conditions for military aggression against Russia.

White House, Clinton campaign intervene in conflict over Russian hacking charges

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2016

The White House and the Clinton campaign intervened Monday in the escalating conflict between the intelligence agencies and among different factions within the state over US policy toward Russia.

New accusations of Russian state-sponsored doping

By Andrea Peters, 13 December 2016

Authorities have responded to new allegations of doping to demand the indefinite exclusion of Russian athletes from international sports competitions.

Behind hacking allegations: Explosive conflict over US policy toward Russia

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2016

Behind the claims of Russian hacking in the 2016 elections is a raging dispute within the US ruling elite and its military-intelligence apparatus over what policy to adopt towards Moscow.

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016

While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.

As Trump assembles a war cabinet, the Kremlin hopes for better relations

By Andrea Peters, 23 November 2016

While the Kremlin is responding positively to Trump’s election, the US president-elect is appointing anti-Russian hawks to his incoming administration.

Russian minister of economic development arrested

By David Levine, 21 November 2016

Aleksey Ulyukayev was arrested last week on suspicion of extorting a bribe from the state-controlled oil corporation Rosneft.

Syrian fighting intensifies amid growing signs of military escalation under Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2016

The offensive has been accompanied by an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against any easing of tensions with Moscow under a Trump administration.

NATO announces largest troop deployments against Russia since Cold War

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2016

On the eve of the US election, NATO officials announced plans to place hundreds of thousands of troops on alert for military action against Russia.

Putin criticizes the US and pleads for a change in course

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2016

As military, economic and diplomatic pressures mount, Putin feels obliged to discuss the aggressive and provocative character of US policy toward Russia.

Defence Minister Fallon declares UK ready for war with Russia

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2016

Fallon told Parliament’s Defence Committee that Britain’s armed forces were central to the ongoing NATO encirclement of Russia.

US-backed Islamist rebels launch offensive in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 29 October 2016

Continuing its grotesque double standards over human rights violations, the US media broadly welcomed an Islamist rebel offensive in Aleppo that included indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas.

US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2016

NATO countries meeting in Brussels have promised to deploy troops and heavy weapons on Russia’s borders in the biggest buildup since the height of the Cold War.

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe

Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

By Clara Weiss, 26 October 2016

The latest book by Robert D. Kaplan advocates transforming Romania into a military staging ground for US imperialism and preparing for all-out war against Russia.

Turkish bombing in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016

The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2016

A major theme of the 2016 US presidential campaign has been the campaign to depict Russia as intent on manipulating the election through cyber warfare.

Putin meets with Merkel and Hollande

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2016

A meeting between the German chancellor and the French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents on Wednesday in Berlin produced no practical results.

Egyptian junta cultivates Russia and China as a counterweight to the US

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2016

Egypt’s turn to Russia and China is a desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy.

Trump and Clinton brawl in the gutter

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2016

Long-suppressed social tensions in the United States are expressing themselves in an election campaign marked by increasingly violent recriminations by both candidates.

French President Hollande cancels Paris meeting with Russian President Putin

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2016

The cancellation of the Russian President’s visit to France is part of a dangerous explosion of military tensions between NATO and Russia over Syria.

Britain and France prepare military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2016

The British parliament met in an emergency three-hour session Tuesday to accuse Russia of war crimes in Syria.

Turkey and Russia seal pipeline deal

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016

Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

Russia warns US strikes against Syria may lead to war

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government targets, which is being actively discussed by the White House, could trigger war between the world’s main nuclear-armed powers.

German government urges tougher action against Russia and Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2016

With the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow.

Beating the drums for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2016

The New York Times and other major media are weighing in on the side of escalating the US intervention in Syria and militarily confronting Russia.

Russia responds to US threats with blunt warning over use of force in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 3 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government forces could result in “total war” and “tectonic shifts” in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned.

New York Times brands Russia an “outlaw state”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016

The Times’ hysterical rhetoric reflects a debate within ruling circles over whether to launch a major escalation of war before or after the US election.

Pentagon chief outlines preparations for nuclear war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a chilling speech in favor of nuclear escalation to US Air Force personnel in charge of launching strategic bomber and missile attacks.

US accuses Russia of “war crimes” as danger of clash in Syria mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2016

The hypocritical accusations of war crimes hurled at Moscow by the US, Britain and France are an attempt to provide a cover for their reckless policy of regime change in Syria.

Kremlin party wins parliamentary elections amid low voter turnout

By Andrea Peters, 21 September 2016

United Russia gained a supermajority in the Duma, despite widespread abstention.

NATO sends 4,000 combat troops to Poland and Baltic states

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2016

The sending of additional NATO troops to Eastern Europe is part of the preparations for war against Moscow adopted in early July at the NATO summit in Warsaw.

Retiring British general urges preparations for war with Russia

By Steve James, 19 September 2016

Retiring General Sir Richard Barrons is unusually frank in laying out the nature of the military conflicts he says Britain must prepare for.

Russian elections take place amid deepening economic and geopolitical crisis

By Vladimir Volkov, 17 September 2016

Parliamentary elections on Sunday across Russia unfold as the country’s economic decline continues and tensions mount in the ruling elite.

Media misinformation and the US election’s war agenda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2016

The arrest of two young men in North Carolina for hacking into the accounts of top officials and government agencies casts a stark light on the media’s anti-Russia campaign.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow rise as Russia intercepts US spy planes over Black Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 9 September 2016

Whatever the precise cause of the incident, primary responsibility for the exacerbation of tensions lies with US imperialism and its NATO allies.

Clinton denounces Russian “interference” in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has stepped up her McCarthy-style campaign against Republican Donald Trump as an ally or stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Obama-Putin talks fail

By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2016

The calls for humanitarian aid and safe zones are transparent pretexts to legitimise a vast intensification of the imperialist intervention in Syria.

The New York Times and “disinformation”

By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016

The New York Times, which functions as a clearing house for lies hatched by the Pentagon and CIA, has accused the Russian government of subverting public opinion in the US and Europe.

Russian athletes barred from Paralympic Games

By Andrea Peters, 25 August 2016

In the latest salvo against Russia, the world’s top court of sports has ruled that the country’s disabled athletes cannot participate in the upcoming games.

Biden’s blank check to the Baltic states: US will wage war on Russia in your defense

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2016

Vice President Biden said Washington’s commitment to militarily defend the tiny states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a matter of America’s “sacred honor.”

More anti-Russian propaganda from the New York Times

By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016

Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016

The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.