Russia

The vote on the constitutional amendments in Russia:

Kremlin pushes to massively strengthen power of the president

By Vladimir Volkov and Clara Weiss, 3 July 2020

On July 1, a seven-day long vote on constitutional changes first proposed by Russian president Vladimir Putin in January, was concluded.

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

The Washington frenzy against Russia has been triggered by a lying propaganda campaign initiated by the New York Times.

Anti-Russia war fever spreads on Capitol Hill

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2020

Without providing a shred of evidence, the corporate media, congressional Democrats and many Republicans are demanding US retaliation against alleged Russian targeting of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Another anti-Russian smear from the New York Times

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2020

The front-page article claiming the Russian government offered “bounties” for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan offers not a single fact to support its charges.

The Salisbury Poisonings: Skripal drama framed as anti-Russian propaganda

By Thomas Scripps, 27 June 2020

The BBC’s three-part The Salisbury Poisonings uses drama as state propaganda and is designed to reignite the Skripal affair that dominated UK politics in 2018.

Beset by crisis, Kremlin holds “victory parade”

By Clara Weiss, 25 June 2020

The parade and the reopening of the economy have been timed to precede by one week the national referendum on constitutional changes proposed by Putin earlier this year.

India-China conflict threatens to undermine Russian foreign policy

By Clara Weiss, 23 June 2020

While the US has intervened aggressively on the side of India, Russia sees the clash as a challenge to its geo-strategy and is seeking to negotiate a resolution to the conflict.

Moscow court sentences ex-US Marine to 16 years for espionage

By Clara Weiss, 18 June 2020

The case of Paul Whelan, which has unfolded against the background of heightened military tensions between the US and Russia and a hysterical anti-Russia campaign in the US media, is extremely murky.

Washington steps up strategic bomber flights threatening Russia, China

By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2020

As social anger grows over police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic, the danger that the ruling elite will try to suppress class conflict with external wars is rising.

Russia’s ruling class nervous over spreading global protests

By Andrea Peters, 10 June 2020

The Kremlin’s seeming smugness over the crisis gripping the United States seeks to mask deep-seated fears that similar mass protests could erupt in Russia.

Over 20,000 tons of diesel spilled in Russian Arctic river

By Clara Weiss, 6 June 2020

The catastrophe on the Ambarnaya underlies the dangers bound up with the “new scramble for the Arctic” by the major powers and corporations.

Sweeping attacks on migrant workers in Russia amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 3 June 2020

The Russian government is considering the creation of a vast database that contains foreign workers’ biometric information, health histories, legal and “social” status, and criminal records.

Coronavirus cases surpass six million globally

By Bryan Dyne, 30 May 2020

New epicenters in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent are rapidly causing massive public health crises.

Russia’s right-wing opposition tries to gain from COVID-19 crisis

By Andrea Peters, 29 May 2020

As President Vladimir Putin’s poll numbers fall to historically low levels, right-wing opposition leader Alexei Navalny seeks to present himself as a defender of health care workers and “the people.”

Nearly 1,200 workers contract COVID-19 at remote Siberian goldmine

By Andrea Peters, 26 May 2020

About 20 percent of the workforce at the Olimpiada mining and processing plant, which is owned by the 24-year-old son of a Russian oligarch, have contracted coronavirus.

US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty, heightening danger of war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 22 May 2020

US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty is a deliberate escalation of military tensions not only with Russia, but also with the major European imperialist powers.

US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 21 May 2020

In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

The policy of “malign neglect”: How the Russian oligarchy sacrifices the health and lives of the people

By Vladimir Volkov and Clara Weiss, 19 May 2020

The government’s policy of malign neglect has provoked an initial upsurge in opposition from the working class, including Gazprom workers in Yakutia, northern Russia.

Russia ends federal COVID-19 shutdown measures as it surges to second place in infections worldwide

By Andrea Peters, 15 May 2020

There are now more coronavirus infections in Russia than anywhere else in the world, with the exception of the United States and Spain.

Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia’s state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

Russian COVID-19 cases rise, as 750,000 join unemployment rolls

By Andrea Peters, 8 May 2020

Layoffs are spreading in Russia, as the country surpasses France and Germany in total coronavirus infections.

Russia: Two ministers, one deputy test positive for COVID as workers’ protests grow

By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2020

Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.

Russian workers protest animal-like conditions at oil field as prime minister hospitalized with COVID-19

By Andrea Peters, 1 May 2020

Hundreds demonstrated against Gazprom at a Siberian oil field, demanding safe working conditions and proper care for sick workers

Coronavirus sweeps through Russian medical facilities

By Andrea Peters, 25 April 2020

Hospitals and clinics in several cities have been placed under quarantine, as COVID-19 infects staff and patients alike.

Last-minute deal on oil production cuts

By Nick Beams, 13 April 2020

The fear was that had an agreement not been reached the oil price would have crashed when trading opened today, after already dropping by 40 percent since the beginning of March.

Russia’s workers sent back to factories as coronavirus continues to spread

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2020

Industrial and manufacturing enterprises are reopening in Russia, even as thousands of new infections are reported daily.

Amid war threats, Washington blocks UN resolution demanding end to sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2020

The Trump administration has brushed aside calls for an end to punishing sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, threatening both countries with military aggression.

Russian doctors, nurses protest against horrifying conditions in hospitals

By Clara Weiss, 4 April 2020

Nurses and doctors have walked off their jobs, pleading for medical and personal protective equipment, and renovations of dilapidated hospital buildings.

Russian cases of coronavirus surge as economic crisis hits

By Clara Weiss, 23 March 2020

The Russian oligarchy is promoting nationalism and xenophobia and pushing for greater surveillance and dictatorial measures, as social tensions are set to escalate over the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.

Russia’s coronavirus cases double in two days, as Ukraine reports first death

By Andrea Peters, 14 March 2020

COVID-19 is spreading in Russia and Ukraine, as the governments impose bans on travel and public gatherings.

As oil prices plunge and coronavirus spreads, Russian oligarchy seeks to keep Putin in power indefinitely

By Clara Weiss, 12 March 2020

The Russian ruling class is trying to prepare for massive social and political unrest.

Coronavirus destabilises Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 10 March 2020

The Saudi announcement to slash oil prices led to a sharp fall in the share prices of its national oil company Saudi Aramco and Russia’s Rosneft.

Canada “at war” with Russia, high-level Ottawa conference told

By Roger Jordan, 9 March 2020

Canada’s Deputy Defence Minister told the conference that the Liberals’ 2017 National Defence Policy has been superseded by the surge in great-power strategic competition.

Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 6 March 2020

Despite both sides’ efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

Coronavirus hits Russia as further news emerges of healthcare system in crisis

By Andrea Peters, 3 March 2020

A man returning from Italy tested positive for the coronavirus in Moscow on the same day that a federal audit revealed that thousands of the country’s healthcare facilities for children lack running water, heat, and sewage systems.

Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 2 March 2020

Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.

War tensions mount in wake of strike on Turkish troops in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 29 February 2020

Russia has sent two cruise missile warships to the Syrian coast as Moscow and Ankara continue to dispute the facts surrounding a strike that killed three dozen Turkish soldiers.

Russia seeks to ease tensions with Belarus over energy dispute

By Andrea Peters, 25 February 2020

Russia will compensate Belarus $300 million to offset energy price hikes, as Moscow works to preserve its alliance with Minsk.

Fighting mounts as Washington backs Turkish attack on Syria, Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2020

US-backed Turkish military operations targeting Syrian and Russian units in Syria could escalate into an all-out clash between Russia and the entire NATO alliance.

US slaps sanctions on Russian oil company trading with Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2020

The unilateral sanctions are aimed at tightening the US blockade of Venezuela’s crisis-ridden economy.

Russian state frame-up results in draconian prison sentences for left-wing youth

By Clara Weiss, 19 February 2020

Under conditions of staggering social inequality and rising class tensions, the harsh punishment is aimed at intimidating all opposition to the Russian state from the left.

Hundreds of thousands denied pensions in Russia

By Andrea Peters, 12 February 2020

The effect of Russia’s 2018 pension reform is becoming clear, with 800,000 people who would have met the age requirement to receive funds no longer eligible.

Russian-Belarusian energy talks fail as Minsk moves closer to the US, NATO

By Clara Weiss, 11 February 2020

The recent flaring up of tensions is taking place as the US is aggressively escalating its push toward drawing Minsk into its orbit.

Lavrov tours Latin America as Pentagon brands Russia, China as “malign actors”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2020

Lavrov’s three-nation visit to Latin America comes on the heels of a tour of former Soviet republics by US Secretary of State Pompeo dedicated to denouncing Russia and China.

NATO exercise Defender 2020: Germany serves as military base for build-up against Russia

By Martin Nowak, 4 February 2020

For the first time in its history, the alliance is practicing the deployment from the US to eastern Europe of an entire division of 20,000 soldiers.

Kremlin appoints new cabinet

By Andrea Peters, 28 January 2020

The turnover in the Russian government was concentrated in ministries responsible for domestic affairs

US troops confront Russian convoy near Syrian oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2020

Washington is occupying Syrian oil fields to deny resources to Damascus and continue its drive for regime change.

Russian Duma approves new prime minister

By Clara Weiss, 20 January 2020

Putin and sections of the Russian oligarchy regard Mishustin as better equipped than former Prime Minister Medvedev to carry out major attacks on the working class and to facilitate a closing of ranks in the ruling class.

Russian government resigns after Putin’s state of the nation address

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2020

The resignation of the widely unpopular Russian government comes amid mounting social conflict and escalating war tensions between the US and Iran which threaten to draw in the entire South Caucasus region and Russia itself.

Kremlin maintains muted response to Suleimani assassination, insists on Iran nuclear deal

By Clara Weiss, 15 January 2020

An open war against Iran is likely to spread directly to the border of Russia, enflaming not only the entire Middle East but also the South Caucasus.

Erdoğan and Putin open TurkStream pipeline after Iran strikes US bases in Iraq

By Ulaş Ateşci, 11 January 2020

The opening of this strategic pipeline comes amid escalating conflicts over energy in the region and an esclalating conflict between the United States and Iran.

Russia, Ukraine reach last minute gas transit deal

By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2020

The EU pushed for the Ukraine and Russia to accept a deal following the US announcement of sanctions against the Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2.

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2019

The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

The US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the danger of World War III

By Peter Schwarz, 31 December 2019

The decision by the US Congress to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline underscores the danger of world war.

Iran, Russia and China hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean amid US war threats

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2019

The exercises are a signal that a US-led war targeting Iran could rapidly escalate into a global conflict involving the major nuclear powers.

Erdogan vows to send Turkish troops into Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2019

The Turkish deployment in Libya will escalate increasing tensions involving Washington, Moscow and NATO.

German government condemns US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2019

The temporary halt to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has dramatically intensified tensions between the United States and the European powers.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

US to impose sanctions on companies involved in European Nord Stream 2 pipeline

By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2019

The sanctions against the joint Russian-Western Europe energy project underscores just how conflict-riven the relations between the members of the world's largest military alliance are.

New doping provocation against Russia prior to 2020 Olympics

By Kevin Reed, 12 December 2019

A four-year ban has been imposed on Russian athletes participating in international competition, including the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2020 and Winter Olympics in 2022.

Canadian government-sponsored Security Forum rails against “strategic adversaries” China and Russia

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2019

Trump’s National Security Adviser demanded Canada massively hike military spending, restrict Huawei, and militarize the Arctic to counter China and Russia.

France to host “peace summit” with Germany, Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

The summit is part of the effort of French and German imperialism to play a bigger role in Eastern Europe as tensions with the US are rising.

On the death of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019)

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

An understanding of Bukovsky’s life and role in politics over the past half century must be placed within the broader context of the development of the October Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist reaction against it.

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Tens of thousands in Russia face medicine shortages as a result of Western sanctions

By David Levine, 12 November 2019

Between April and August 2019, two women from Moscow and one from Yekaterinburg were temporarily arrested and charged for illegally obtaining unregistered medicine.

Russia: At least 15 dead, five missing after illegal dam breaks in Siberia

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2019

Both the dam and the construction of the shelters for the workers on the Seiba river near the village Shchetikino were in flagrant violation of the law and basic safety measures.

Russia, Ukraine carry out high-profile prisoner exchange

By Jason Melanovski, 14 September 2019

The prisoner exchange was strongly backed by France and Germany with media reports suggesting that French President Emmanuel Macron, in particular, played a central role.

New York Times: Main source for anti-Russia campaign may have been a “double agent”

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2019

The latest allegation reported by the New York Times Is a further exposure of the Democrats’ concocted claims of Russian “subversion” of the US political system.

Russia: Stalinist and far-right candidates win with backing from Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 11 September 2019

The Western media has desperately tried to conceal the right-wing character of the political forces that have made gains in the elections in Moscow and Khabarovsk.

Alexei Navalny, with backing of Russian Pabloites, shifts toward support for Stalinist KPRF

By Clara Weiss, 9 September 2019

Navalny, a right-wing stooge of US imperialism, is turning toward an alliance with those most experienced in politically disorienting the working class: the Stalinists and the Pabloites.

Russia and Turkey intensify military cooperation over US objections

By Ulas Atesci, 4 September 2019

Turkish purchases of Russian missiles and possibly fighter jets are fuelling tensions between Turkey and its imperialist allies in Washington and Europe.

Russia launches floating nuclear power plant amid new “scramble for the Arctic”

By Clara Weiss, 27 August 2019

The launching of the Akademik Lomonosov platform is part of an effort by the Kremlin to significantly expand its infrastructure in the region.

US escalates preparations for nuclear war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2019

After withdrawing from the INF treaty, the US is accelerating its preparations to fight a nuclear war with China or Russia by testing and stockpiling dangerous new weapons in a nuclear arms race.

Macron-Putin meeting before G7 summit highlights global geopolitical conflicts

By Will Morrow, 23 August 2019

The meeting took place in the context of increasing calls centered in Paris and Berlin for the European Union to develop its capabilities to wage wars independently of the United States.

Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident

By Andrea Peters, 17 August 2019

The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia’s far north last week.

Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead

By Andrea Peters, 13 August 2019

Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia’s far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.

Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow

By Clara Weiss, 12 August 2019

While the ongoing crackdown against the opposition must be opposed, workers and youth must be warned about the right-wing character of the political forces behind the protests.

Russian authorities continue crackdown on opposition protests

By Clara Weiss, 5 August 2019

The violent crackdown on protests by the “liberal” opposition is aimed at intimidating all government opposition and preparing for the suppression of widespread resistance by the working class.

US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2019

The formal abrogation of the treaty declared on Friday sets the stage for the testing and deployment of medium-range missiles against both Russia and China.

1,300 arrested in police crackdown on liberal opposition in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 29 July 2019

The crackdown testifies to the extreme nervousness of the Kremlin and was meant as a show of force and a demonstration of the state’s readiness to violently repress any opposition, above all opposition coming from the working class.

Dangerous encounter of warplanes from four nations over Sea of Japan

By Ben McGrath, 25 July 2019

While the US was not directly involved, its aggressive military buildup in Asia created the conditions for the aerial standoff.

Beanpole (Dylda): Disturbing scenes of postwar Soviet life

By Clara Weiss, 17 July 2019

Russian director Kantemir Balagov’s film treats the damaged lives of two young women who have just returned to Leningrad (today St. Petersburg) from the front after the end of the Second World War.

Russian navy officer: Fire on Russian nuclear submarine could have led to “planetary catastrophe”

By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2019

A Russian newspaper reported that the cause of the fire on the Losharik was an electrical short-circuit that led to an explosion and spontaneous combustion of a lithium-ion battery that had been installed on the submarine.

Fourteen high-ranking Russian navy officers die in fire on nuclear-powered submarine

By Clara Weiss, 5 July 2019

The submarine disaster is a chilling reminder of the advanced state of the preparations for world war.

The Command (Kursk): A dramatization of the 2000 Russian nuclear submarine disaster

By Joanne Laurier, 4 July 2019

The Kursk’s sinking was bound up with both the decay of the Russian military and the catastrophic impact of Russian capitalism.

Russian-Georgian tensions escalate amid Iran war crisis

By Clara Weiss, 29 June 2019

The Western-backed anti-Russian protests in Tiflis are bound up with the escalating US war drive against Iran, which threatens to draw in the entire Caucasus region.

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

The reprint makes available, after almost 100 years, an important historical document, the fate of which reflects the violent repression by Stalinism of genuine Marxist thought and politics, represented within the Soviet Union by Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition.

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 26 June 2019

The reprint makes available, after almost 100 years, an important historical document whose fate reflects the violent repression by Stalinism of genuine Marxist thought and politics, represented within the Soviet Union by Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition.

Four men charged with murder based on bogus MH-17 investigation

By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2019

Charges against pro-Moscow separatists were laid based on an “investigation” influenced by the Ukrainian regime, that produced no proof of Russian involvement in downing flight MH-17.

“Unfortunately, none of this happened”: Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto (Summer), a take on the pre- perestroika period in the USSR

By Clara Weiss, 14 June 2019

Serebrennikov’s new film treats two of Russia’s most famous rock groups, Kino and Zoopark, in the early 1980s, while managing to avoid all the major questions of the time.

Russian journalist Ivan Golunov released after campaign against his arrest

By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2019

While supporting the US-led persecution of Julian Assange, Western media and politicians, as part of their campaign for regime change in Moscow, decried the arrest of Golunov.

US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Philippine Sea

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2019

In an encounter coinciding with a visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a US warship nearly collided with a Russian destroyer on Friday in the Philippine Sea.

At least 116 injured in Russia factory explosions

By Clara Weiss, 4 June 2019

The blasts at the factory, which produces explosives for the Russian military, shattered windows in hundreds of buildings over a radius of at least 3 kilometers.

Russian health care workers protest over wages and staffing

By Andrea Peters, 31 May 2019

Part of a wave of ongoing protests against the deplorable state of public health services in Russia, workers in Penza oblast staged a “work-to-rule” strike in late May.

Russia: 98 arrested in opposition-led protests in Yekaterinburg

By Clara Weiss, 18 May 2019

The protests are led by right-wing nationalist forces aligned with Alexei Navalny’s US-backed liberal opposition.

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2019

Washington’s brazen and reckless military threats and provocations on a world scale are driven by deep-going social and political crises within the US itself.

Up to 400,000 jobs threatened as US sanctions deepen crisis of Russian auto industry

By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2019

In mid-April, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska declared that the Russian auto company GAZ might declare bankruptcy, wiping out hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and related jobs.

Defying US threats, Turkey vows to deploy Russian air-defence system

By Keith Jones, 12 April 2019

In a New York Times op-ed, senior Democratic and Republican leaders have signaled bipartisan Congressional support for the Trump administration’s threats to roil Turkey’s economy if it deploys the S-400.

“Independent” union in Russia facilitates closure of Ford factory

By Clara Weiss, 8 April 2019

The Inter-Regional Trade Union Workers’ Alliance (MPRA) has blocked opposition to the US-based auto giant’s plans to close three factories and exit the passenger car market.

The media and the Mueller report

By Barry Grey, 27 March 2019

The Mueller report is a political debacle for the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the bulk of the corporate media, which day after day pumped out unsubstantiated claims and outright lies.