Russia & the former Soviet Union The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-13T05:00:00Z What is behind the imperialist campaign over the Crimean Tatars? Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, leading media outlets of the imperialist powers, in particular the <em>New York Times</em>, have been waging a campaign ostensibly directed at defending the Crimean Tatars from oppression by Russia. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-19T05:00:00Z Toward a socialist future: Children’s picture books after the Bolshevik Revolution <em>A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia</em>, an exhibition at the House of Illustration gallery in London, brings to light the artistic impetus provided by the October Revolution to children’s book illustrations. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-09T05:00:00Z Doping allegations cited to ban Russian track and field team from Rio Olympics The pretense that Russia is some kind of outlier and affront to the “Olympic spirit” is an absurd and cynical fraud. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-18T05:00:00Z German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands military deterrence against Russia In the lead-up to the NATO summit in Poland in early July the professional warmongers in the German media are intensifying calls for a military build-up in Eastern Europe. Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-23T05:00:00Z US-NATO officials unveil Romania-based missile system In a move Russian officials denounced as a “direct threat,” US and NATO officials presided over the formal launch of a new missile system based in Bucharest. Fri, 13 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-13T05:00:00Z Military force “on the table” in relation to Russia, US commander says The Obama administration’s nominee for US commander in Europe called for the permanent deployment of an armored brigade near Russia’s border. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-23T05:00:00Z Paul Mason launches campaign for UK Labour to pledge itself to nuclear war Former economics editor of Channel Four News Paul Mason’s latest statements are a devastating political exposure of an entire fetid petty-bourgeois milieu. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-22T05:00:00Z US-Russia tensions flare in Baltic Sea Washington’s aggressive military build-up throughout Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with its NATO allies, has brought the entire region to the brink of war between nuclear powers. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z Russia names United States, NATO as threats to its national security The contents of the Russian national security strategy testify to the bankruptcy of the world capitalist system and amount to an indictment of the reckless policy of the imperialist powers. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z PBS documentary <em>Putin’s Way</em>: Half-truths and lies in the service of US warmongering against Russia The half-truths, omissions and hypocritical expressions of moral indignation that characterize this supposed exposé of Putin are intended to make the case for regime-change in Russia. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-09T05:00:00Z Release of grand jury transcript points again to frameup of the Rosenbergs The new revelations undermine the post-Soviet effort to reaffirm the supposed guilt of the Rosenbergs. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-18T05:00:00Z European energy firms agree to expand Nord Stream pipeline with Gazprom Differences within the European Union, as well as between the EU and the US, are emerging over energy policy and relations with Russia. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-30T05:00:00Z G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil. Tue, 09 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-09T05:00:00Z A review of Stephen Kotkin’s <em>Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928</em>: Part three Stephen Kotkin’s first volume of a projected three-volume biography of Stalin, published by Penguin Press, is a travesty of historical writing. Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-03T05:00:00Z NATO begins anti-Russian air drill in Arctic The Arctic Challenge Exercise involves warplanes from the US, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-NATO members Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. Tue, 26 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-26T05:00:00Z Suspects arrested in Boris Nemtsov murder Five men were detained in the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, while a sixth allegedly committed suicide. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-09T05:00:00Z Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated? The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-03T05:00:00Z Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov assassinated in Moscow Whoever authored the killing of Nemtsov, the US government and media are using his murder to further vilify the Putin regime and whip up anti-Russian hysteria. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the <i>Boston Globe</i> on Monday. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Putin approves new Russian military doctrine The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs The Putin regime responds to Western pressure by seeking to appease imperialism and the Russian billionaires. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z <em>I Want To Live</em>: The memoir of Izrail Agol The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Balkan energy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against NATO expansion in the region, which is seen as a provocation against Russia. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Putin accuses US of seeking to undermine Russian sovereignty In his annual address to parliament last week, Putin charged the US with meddling in Russia’s sphere of influence, destabilizing international security and sponsoring separatism within Russia’s borders. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z “Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters The recent exhibition in Tokyo included some 180 early Soviet posters, which have remarkable artistic and historic significance. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of leading Soviet Left Oppositionist Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan (May 1919-September 2014) came from a remarkable family with longstanding revolutionary traditions. Not only her parents, but also her uncles and aunts were active participants in the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Civil War. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-27T05:00:00Z Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan: May 22, 1919 – September 27, 2014 Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of the Left Oppositionist Ivar Smilga, dedicated her life to restoring historical truth about those who had been murdered and whose names had been besmirched by Stalinist reaction. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-21T05:00:00Z Russian metallurgy giant Mechel faces bankruptcy Mechel’s looming bankruptcy is one sign of Russia’s mounting industrial and monetary crisis, made worse by the imposition of Western sanctions. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-01T05:00:00Z White House threatens Russia over alleged incursion into eastern Ukraine The White House is strongly backing the Ukrainian government as it carries out a brutal war against predominantly Russian-speaking cities in the east. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-29T05:00:00Z Western powers talk “peace” while eastern Ukraine is decimated Talks between the foreign ministers of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia failed to produce an agreement while Ukraine continued to attack Luhansk and Donetsk. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z US, NATO support the Ukrainian army’s bloody offensive Representatives of the United States, NATO and the EU have given their support to the bloody military offensive by the Ukrainian army on Thursday. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-08T05:00:00Z The diary of Lena Mukhina: An important document on the Leningrad blockade Lena’s Diary is an important historical document relating to one of most horrific, although often forgotten, war crimes of German imperialism. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-11T05:00:00Z New Ukraine government launches airstrikes, prepares austerity measures Newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to crush resistance in the east Monday, launching strikes against separatist militants in and around an airport in Donestsk. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-27T05:00:00Z Unease in UK’s political elite after Prince Charles compares Putin to Hitler For the last weeks, the main political parties and the media have sought to draw a veil of silence over events in Ukraine. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-27T05:00:00Z Mariupol killings: US backs Ukrainian regime’s reign of terror After tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavily armed troops were unleashed on unarmed civilians in Mariupol, the Kiev regime claimed to have killed some 20 people. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-10T05:00:00Z Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part three This is the final part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in1922. Thu, 01 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-01T05:00:00Z Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part two This is the second part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the Tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in 1922. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-30T05:00:00Z Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part one This is the first part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the Tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in 1922. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-29T05:00:00Z US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z Russia warns NATO over military build-up in eastern Europe NATO’s reckless military build-up in Eastern Europe, carried out over the Kremlin oligarchy’s warnings of escalation, poses the risk of war. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-04T05:00:00Z NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-03T05:00:00Z EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity Amid intensifying sanctions and military provocations against Russia, the EU and the Western-backed government in Ukraine yesterday signed a pact that paves the way for brutal austerity measures and free market “reforms.” Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-22T05:00:00Z US/European military provocations greet Russian annexation of Crimea The United States is lining up its puppet regime in Ukraine and its regional allies to prepare a series of military provocations against Russia. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-19T05:00:00Z Kiev to build new army, impose austerity as civil war threatens Ukraine With Ukraine facing the likely secession of Crimea, the far-right regime in Kiev is moving to slash social spending and build a new army. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-12T05:00:00Z War propaganda in the German media On the issue of the conflict in Ukraine leading German newspapers have replaced any serious attempt to convince their readers with a barrage of propaganda. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-12T05:00:00Z The political fraud of International Viewpoint’s statement on Ukraine The attribution of this statement to the ICFI is a political provocation whose purpose is to discredit Trotskyism by associating it with the right-wing politics of the neo-Pabloite organizations. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-03T05:00:00Z The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-27T05:00:00Z Clashes in Ukraine signal escalation of US-EU intervention The bloody scenes in Kiev are the direct outcome of the campaign waged by the US and Germany to oust Ukrainian President Yanukovych. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-19T05:00:00Z As Ukrainian regime totters, oligarchs call for talks with right-wing opposition The intervention of the oligarchs underscores the anti-working class austerity agenda driving both the regime and the far-right opposition. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-01-28T05:00:00Z Stand-off in Ukrainian power struggle continues Pro-European Union protesters continued to occupy Independence Square in Kiev yesterday after riot police failed in an attempt to force them off the streets. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-12-12T05:00:00Z Nationalists stage violent protests in southern Russia Right-wing forces are exploiting the social crisis in Russia to divert the population’s discontent into reactionary channels. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-15T05:00:00Z The strange death of Boris Berezovsky Berezovsky was the personification of the plutocrats whose wealth was acquired through the looting of the Russian economy after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-26T05:00:00Z Workers and youth speak about the relevance of the Russian Revolution today Audience members in Melbourne and Sydney spoke with the WSWS about the Russian Revolution and its contemporary significance. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-12-17T05:00:00Z Australia: Keen interest in socialist perspective at Tsar to Lenin screenings There was intense interest in socialism, the history of the revolutionary movement and the life and writings of Leon Trotsky. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-12-17T05:00:00Z Mehring Books announces release of Tsar to Lenin in DVD format Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-07-05T05:00:00Z Preface to Yakhot’s history of early Soviet philosophy Yehoshua Yakhot’s The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR (The 1920s & 1930s) is essential reading for an understanding of the devastating impact of Stalinism on philosophy in the Soviet Union. The translator’s preface being published today provides an introduction to this new English translation. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-25T05:00:00Z Mehring Publishers presents new German edition of Alexander Rabinowitch’s The Bolsheviks Come to Power The new German edition of Alexander Rabinowitch’s book on the October Revolution is an achievement of archival scholarship that exposes the pseudo-intellectualism and reactionary politics of the post-modernist camp. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-03-21T05:00:00Z The capitalist crisis and the radicalization of the working class in 2012 This report was given by David North to a series of regional aggregate meetings of the Socialist Equality Party (US) held during the month of January. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-01-30T05:00:00Z A blow against the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification The letter of 14 historians to the Suhrkamp publishing house in Germany calling on it to abandon publication of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky has opened the door for an honest and thorough examination of the role of Trotsky and the rise and fall of Soviet power. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-12-31T05:00:00Z Historian Alexander Rabinowitch speaks in Vienna on the Russian Revolution Professor Rabinowitch’s lecture on his recent research into the Russian Revolution was enthusiastically received by a large audience at the University of Vienna. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-06-15T05:00:00Z “The October Revolution was the most important event of the 20th century” Russian historian Alexander Rabinowitch will be giving a lecture in Vienna on June 6. The WSWS spoke to the professor on his book, The Bolsheviks in Power, and the main themes of his research. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-06-01T05:00:00Z The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd: Guest lecture by Prof. Alexander Rabinowitch in Vienna The American historian Alexander Rabinowitch will present his book The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd in Vienna on 6 June. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-04-28T05:00:00Z Reflections on the Bolsheviks, the October Revolution, and early Soviet state building in Petrograd This report was presented by Professor Alexander Rabinowitch of Indiana University at a meeting in Berlin on October 14, introducing the new German translation of his book, The Bolsheviks in Power. Thu, 02 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-12-02T05:00:00Z An interview with Richard Pare, photographer and expert on Soviet Modernist architecture A version of the following interview with Richard Pare, conducted by Tim Tower of the WSWS, was originally posted in March 2008, Tower and Pare spoke again recently to update the piece to accompany a new exhibition, “Building the Revolution.” Sat, 13 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-11-13T05:00:00Z Great interest in lecture by Professor Rabinowitch in Berlin The American historian Alexander Rabinowitch introduced his new book The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Bolshevik Rule in Petrograd at a meeting Thursday evening at Humboldt University in Berlin. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-10-16T05:00:00Z Marxism and the Holocaust The following is an addendum to the lecture “Imperialism and the political economy of the Holocaust,” delivered by Nick Beams at San Diego State University on April 29. Sat, 15 May 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-05-15T05:00:00Z Imperialism and the political economy of the Holocaust This lecture was delivered at San Diego State University on April 29. It was the eighth in a series entitled "Killing for a higher cause: Political violence in a world in crisis" sponsored by the Institute on World Affairs within the Political Science Department of the San Diego State University. Wed, 12 May 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-05-12T05:00:00Z Fundamental Problems of Marxism by Georgi Plekhanov This week’s featured title by Mehring Books provides an outline of historical materialism in the context of the development of Marxist philosophy. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-04-28T05:00:00Z Political Biography and the Historical Lie: An Examination of Robert Service’s Trotsky The Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and the International Students for Social Equality are hosting a lecture by David North, international editorial board chairperson of the World Socialist Web Site, at the University of Oxford. Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-04-01T05:00:00Z Trotsky the subject of cultural events in Russia In recent months Leon Trotsky has been the subject of two cultural events in Russia – an exhibition at the State Museum of Political History in Saint Petersburg and a documentary film aired on television. While both provide a more objective evaluation of his historical role than what typically found in Russia, they each had significant limitations. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-03-24T05:00:00Z Bolshevism and the avant-garde artists (1993) The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1992-1993, was a major event. David Walsh wrote a series of articles in the Bulletin, a predecessor of the WSWS, which we began republishing February 13 in three parts. Here is the entire piece. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-02-17T05:00:00Z Bolshevism and the avant-garde artists (1993)—Part 3 The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1992-1993, was a major event. David Walsh wrote a series of articles in the Bulletin, a predecessor of the WSWS, which we began republishing February 13. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-02-16T05:00:00Z Bolshevism and the avant-garde artists (1993)—Part 2 The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1992-1993, was a major event. David Walsh wrote a series of articles in the Bulletin, a predecessor of the WSWS, which we began republishing February 13. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-02-15T05:00:00Z Bolshevism and the avant-garde artists (1993)—Part 1 The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1992-1993, was a major event. David Walsh wrote a series of articles in the Bulletin, a predecessor of the WSWS, which we begin republishing today. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-02-13T05:00:00Z Successful launch of In Defence of Leon Trotsky at Sydney’s Gleebooks An appreciative audience of 150 filled the upstairs auditorium of Sydney’s Gleebooks bookstore last night to hear David North launch his In Defence of Leon Trotsky: A Reply to the Falsifications of Robert Service. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-02-04T05:00:00Z In Defence of Leon Trotsky: David North to speak at Sydney’s Gleebooks <description> <script> <src></src> <type>text/javascript</type> </script> <content>David North, World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, will address a Gleebooks literary event, on February 3, entit</content> <content>led “In the Service of Historical Falsification”. North will discuss the recently published biography of Leon Trotsky written by Professor Robert Service.</content> </description> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-01-20T05:00:00Z German Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on 20 years since fall of Berlin Wall On November 29, the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) held a well-attended meeting in Leipzig entitled “20 Years Since the Fall of the Wall: From Stalinism to Capitalism.” Thu, 10 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-12-10T05:00:00Z Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall The following lecture was delivered by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a meeting of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany held November 29, 2009 in Leipzig. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-12-10T05:00:00Z Red Star Over Russia Mehring Books is pleased to make available to readers of the World Socialist Web Site the new book by British photojournalist David King, Red Star Over Russia. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-09-15T05:00:00Z 70 years since the Hitler-Stalin Pact Seventy years ago, Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to sign a hastily-negotiated Non-Aggression Pact between Hitlerite Germany and the USSR. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-08-24T05:00:00Z “Socialism in One Country” and the Soviet economic debates of the 1920s—Part 2 This is the second of two lectures delivered at an SEP summer school in August 2007 that deal with some of the crucial conflicts over economic policy in the Soviet Union during the 1920s. Thu, 07 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-05-07T05:00:00Z “Socialism in One Country” and the Soviet economic debates of the 1920s—Part 2 This is the first of two lectures, delivered at an SEP summer school in August 2007, dealing with some of the crucial conflicts over economic policy in the Soviet Union during the 1920s. Tue, 05 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-05-05T05:00:00Z After the slaughter: political lessons of the Balkan War March 24 marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the 11-week US-NATO bombardment of Serbia and Kosovo. This statement by David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, was originally published on June 14, 1999. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-03-30T05:00:00Z The Bolsheviks in Power Mehring books is proud to offer The Bolheviks in Power by Alexander Rabinowitch. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-01-22T05:00:00Z Stalin, Trotsky and the 1926 British general strike More than 80 years on, the May 1926 British General Strike remains a defining moment in the history of the workers’ movement. Its lessons are essential for the development of a revolutionary strategy, not just in Britain but the world over. Sat, 27 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-12-27T05:00:00Z Uncovering the truth about Trotsky and the Russian Revolution “continues to run my life” David King--artist, designer, editor, photohistorian and archivist--is about to publish a new book, Red Star Over Russia, a visual history of the Soviet Union. WSWS arts editor David Walsh recently spoke to King in London. Thu, 04 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-12-04T05:00:00Z Leon Trotsky, Soviet Historiography, and the Fate of Classical Marxism This paper was presented by David North at a panel on “The Intellectual and Political Legacy of Leon Trotsky” at the recent 2008 National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Philadelphia. Mon, 01 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-12-01T05:00:00Z A Marxist perspective on jurisprudence Michael Head’s book, Evgeny Pashukanis, A Critical Reappraisal, shines the light of day on one of the most important legal theories to come out of “the boldest and most sweeping experiment of the 20th century”—the October 1917 Russian Revolution. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-11-26T05:00:00Z Declassified grand jury transcripts confirm frame-up of Ethel Rosenberg The recent release of previously secret grand jury transcripts has revealed that crucial testimony was perjured in the conviction and 1953 execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. Sat, 13 Sep 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-09-13T05:00:00Z Trotskyism in postwar USSR: the record of an anti-Stalinist youth group in the early 1950s In the Soviet Union throughout the post-World War II era anti-Stalinist opposition groups continuously emerged that opposed the bureaucratic regime from the left—from the point of view of the necessity of reviving Soviet democracy and internationalism, as well as restoring the norms of party life that existed in the Bolshevik Party in the first years following the October Revolution of 1917. Sat, 05 Jun 2004 05:00:00 GMT 2004-06-05T05:00:00Z The letters of Natalia Sedova to Leon Trotsky The 1917 Revolution in Russia not only raised millions of workers and peasants to historical life. It also advanced to the center stage of world events a whole layer of distinguished representatives of the socialist intelligentsia, bearers of the revolution’s political consciousness, who had imbibed the international traditions of European social democracy and the best heritage of European culture in general. Tue, 01 Jul 2003 05:00:00 GMT 2003-07-01T05:00:00Z Intrepid thought: psychoanalysis in the Soviet Union—Part 2 This is the second, and concluding, section of a two-part article. The first part was posted on Friday, June 11. Sat, 12 Jun 1999 05:00:00 GMT 1999-06-12T05:00:00Z Intrepid thought: psychoanalysis in the Soviet Union The nature of man himself is hidden in the deepest and darkest recesses of the unconscious, the elemental and the submerged. Is it not self-evident that the greatest efforts of inquiring thought and of creative initiative will move in that direction?—Trotsky Fri, 11 Jun 1999 05:00:00 GMT 1999-06-11T05:00:00Z 1937: Stalin’s Year of Terror Mehring Books is pleased to announce publication of 1937: Stalin's Year of Terror by Vadim Z. Rogovin (584 pages, ISBN 0-929087-77-1, $US 29.95 plus shipping - available online). Tue, 29 Dec 1998 05:00:00 GMT 1998-12-29T05:00:00Z Stalin’s Great Terror: Origins and Consequences This lecture was delivered by Professor Vadim Rogovin at the University of Melbourne in Australia on May 28, 1996. Tue, 29 Dec 1998 05:00:00 GMT 1998-12-29T05:00:00Z