Eastern Europe

Russian government moves to save big business, suppress opposition

By Vladimir Volkov, 4 March 2009

The Kremlin’s initial declarations about Russia’s supposed immunity from the global economic crisis have been replaced with statements of fear about economic destabilization and social unrest.

Brussels: Divisions dominate EU summit in face of deepening crisis

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 March 2009

At the Brussels summit, EU nations were unable to agree on any concrete measures to combat the mounting economic crisis.

Latvian government resigns as crisis deepens in Eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 25 February 2009

Latvia’s centre-right government resigned last Friday, against the background of a worsening economic crisis.

Romanian government agrees to drastic austerity package

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2009

Romania’s grand coalition government is determined to shift the burden of the economic crisis onto the backs of the country’s working people through harsh austerity measures.

The Russia-Ukraine gas conflict and the geopolitical struggle for control of energy resources

By Vladimir Volkov, 3 February 2009

The natural gas dispute sharpened Ukraine’s political and economic tensions, provoked a wave of anger in Europe and reinforced European desires to diversify its sources of gas.

The crisis in Eastern Europe and the lessons of 1989

26 January 2009

Twenty years after capitalist restoration, east European economies confront catastrophe.

Economic crisis unleashes violent protests across Eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 26 January 2009

The international economic crisis has hit Eastern Europe with full force and brought long-simmering social and political tensions to the surface.

Ukraine and Russia reach gas agreement

By Niall Green, 26 January 2009

A deal has been reached to end the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Millions across Europe have been left with little or no gas for heating in the middle of winter.

Lawyer and human rights activist Stanislav Markelov murdered in Moscow

By Vladimir Volkov, 23 January 2009

On January 19, Stanislav Markelov was shot in the head and killed in central Moscow. The 34-year-old lawyer and human rights activist was president of the Institute for the Supremacy of Law.

Belarus receives $2.5 billion IMF loan

By Niall Green, 22 January 2009

Belarus has secured a $2.5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund. The bailout comes amidst a crisis of the economies of the whole eastern European region.

Russian gas supplies through Ukraine resume

Dispute exposes crisis of European energy strategy

By Niall Green, 13 January 2009

Russia, Ukraine and officials from the European Union have agreed to a deal to resume natural gas supplies to Europe after Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom turned off gas supplies for Ukraine on January 1.

With sub-zero temperatures across Europe

Russia-Ukraine gas dispute leaves thousands without heat

By Niall Green, 10 January 2009

With sub-zero temperatures across Europe Russia-Ukraine gas dispute leaves thousands without heat By Niall Green 10 January 2009  

With sub-zero temperatures across Europe

Russia-Ukraine gas dispute leaves thousands without heat

By Niall Green, 9 January 2009

Natural gas supplies from Russia to Europe via Ukraine have been halted or greatly reduced in the latest stage of a dispute between the ex-Soviet neighbours over prices and allegations of unpaid bills.

Ukraine-Russia gas dispute disrupts European supply

By Niall Green, 8 January 2009

Gas exports from Russia to Europe via Ukraine have come to a complete halt, according to Naftogaz.

Latvia bailed out by IMF and European Union

By Niall Green, 7 January 2009

On December 23 the International Monetary Fund approved a €1.68 billion (US$2.35 billion) rescue loan for the ex-Soviet republic of Latvia, as part of a €7.5 billion (US$10.5 billion) bailout.

Russia cuts off Ukrainian gas supply

Energy conflict threatens EU shortages

By Niall Green, 3 January 2009

The Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom turned off all gas supplies to Ukraine, threatening supplies to the European Union.

Kosovo’s dirty secret: the background to Germany’s Secret Service affair

By Peter Schwarz, 1 December 2008

The arrest of three German secret service agents in Kosovo exposes the sort of society that has been developed with German and American support in this former part of Yugoslavia—one mired in corruption, organised crime and secret service plots.

World financial crisis bankrupts Eastern Europe: The toll of capitalist restoration

10 November 2008

Massive state bailouts throughout Eastern Europe are rendering a historical verdict on the project of capitalist restoration.

BBC describes evidence of Georgian war crimes in South Ossetia

By Simon Whelan, 10 November 2008

Journalists working for the BBC have unearthed evidence of Georgian war crimes against South Ossetian civilians.

A damning admission on the Georgian war

8 November 2008

The New York Times on Friday carried a front-page article citing a report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, whose monitors were in Georgia when the fighting broke out, which demolishes the official US account of the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, according to which the war was an act of Russian aggression.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

7 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Czech government in crisis following election debacles

By Markus Salzmann, 4 November 2008

Prior to taking over the presidency of the European Union, the Czech government has suffered a series of election defeats and is in deep crisis.

Huge IMF bailout for emerging economies

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2008

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), backed by central banks in the US and Europe, has taken drastic steps over the past week to prop up so-called emerging economies around the world from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Eastern European economies face bankruptcy

By Niall Green, 23 October 2008

The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.

Ukraine: US-Russia conflict provokes government collapse

Cheney’s visit

By Niall Green, 10 September 2008

The coalition government of Ukraine, made up of the party of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the smaller Our Ukraine party of President Viktor Yushchenko, collapsed in bitter acrimony on Wednesday, September 3.

Former Yugoslav war crimes tribunal spokeswoman indicted for contempt

By Paul Mitchell, 5 September 2008

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has indicted Florence Hartmann, the spokeswoman of the tribunal’s former Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte from 1999 to 2006, on two charges of contempt of court.

Cheney in Georgia: Gunboat diplomacy in pursuit of oil

By Tom Eley, 5 September 2008

The US is continuing to ratchet up tensions with Russia in the aftermath of last month’s war in the Caucasus.

International tributes for Russian Marxist historian

Vadim Rogovin buried in Moscow

By our correspondent, 6 October 1998

More than three dozen people gathered at the Moscow Crematorium September 21 to mourn the passing of Vadim Zakharovich Rogovin, Russian Marxist historian and sociologist and author of a six-volume study of the Trotskyist opposition to the rise of the Stalinist regime within the Soviet Union. Rogovin died of cancer on September 18. He was 61 years old.

Vadim Rogovin: 1937-1998

Russian Marxist Historian Dies in Moscow

By David North, 18 September 1998

Vadim Zakharovich Rogovin, the Russian Marxist historian and sociologist, and author of a monumental six-volume study of the Trotskyist opposition to the rise of the Stalinist regime within the USSR, died of cancer early Friday morning in Moscow. He was 61 years old.

International market turmoil: A sea-change in world economy

By Nick Beams, 28 August 1998

World markets went into a tailspin on Thursday, as panic spread over the global implications of the Russian meltdown and the deepening crisis in Asia.

Russian crisis shakes global markets

By Nick Beames, 25 August 1998

The announcement by the Russian government that it was devaluing the rouble, suspending trading in the short-term Treasury bill market and imposing a 90-day moratorium on international debt repayments resulted with the largest one-day fall on the London stock exchange since October 1987

Rival business, political cliques jockey for power in Moscow

Yeltsin's sacking of cabinet jolts Washington

By Barry Grey, 25 March 1998

Russian President Boris Yeltsin's sudden dismissal of his cabinet last Monday apparently took domestic observers as well as Moscow's Western allies unawares.