Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

By Svenja Spunck IN June, the Russian government announced a far-reaching pension "reform". The main change is to raise the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 and for men from 60 to 65. What may sound to people in Germany like whingeing actually means working to the death in Russia, because average life … Continue reading Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

Skripal Affair: Time for Labour to come in from the cold war

ON 4 MARCH 2018, a former Russian spy turned double agent for MI5, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned using Novichok, a hitherto obscure nerve agent. The British government has named Russia and its newly re-elected President, Vladimir Putin, as the culprit. The main evidence is the claimed development of Novichok by Russia, … Continue reading Skripal Affair: Time for Labour to come in from the cold war

Condemn Assad and Putin’s war crimes in Idlib

THE SYRIAN Observatory for Human Rights reports that Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes, artillery and barrel bombing helicopters have launched a major assault on the last extensive rebel-held region of Idlib, aided by their Russian allies. It is likely that the offensive aims to concentrate the population into a narrow pocket, subject them to final liquidation or … Continue reading Condemn Assad and Putin’s war crimes in Idlib

Putin’s strange bedfellows

BY crushing the Syrian revolutionaries and leaving only Assad and ISIS standing, Putin hopes to force the West to accept that Assad’s regime (with or without Assad at the top of it) is their least worst option. Putin’s claim to stand for the “unity of the Syrian state” actually means restoring the rule of the … Continue reading Putin’s strange bedfellows

Nato escalation risks Russia war

A propaganda offensive against 'Russian aggression' orchestrated by the United States and its Nato allies aims to trigger a new arms race and shackle Europe into the USA's strategic confrontation with Russia After 15 years of war in Afghanistan, Nato chiefs have signalled they have no intention of acquiescing to war-weariness and beating their swords … Continue reading Nato escalation risks Russia war

Between imperialisms: Ukraine, Crimea and the Tatar Question

By Kady Tait On 16 March, the population of Crimea voted overwhelmingly for federation with Russia. The results of the referendum were immediately rejected by all the major western imperialist powers, which have now barred Russia from G8 meetings and applied sanctions to figures in Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage. In response to manoeuvres by … Continue reading Between imperialisms: Ukraine, Crimea and the Tatar Question

Ukraine: A review of Russian public opinion

The League has received this survey of Russian opinion from a correspondent in Russia. According to the WCIOM (The Russian Public Opinion Service) 73% of Russian citizens are against of any intervention of Russia into the conflict between opposition and state authorities because this is internal problem of the country, that was announced on the … Continue reading Ukraine: A review of Russian public opinion

Ukraine: nationalist coup sparks imperialist tensions

The Ukrainian working class has no reason to regret the downfall of the corrupt Viktor Yanukovich or his ministers and police chiefs. His brutal repression on the 30 November of a peaceful occupation of Independence Square, using Berkut special forces, launched a movement which would eventually bring him down. Then, on February 20-21, police snipers … Continue reading Ukraine: nationalist coup sparks imperialist tensions

Counter-revolution in Ukraine: mobilise against reactionary coup and fascist militias

By Peter Main The overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by the Euromaidan movement marks a major strategic advance for the imperialists of the EU, led by Germany. Although their preferred option was a “controlled” transfer of power via early elections and a compromise with opposition leaders, it is a mark of their determination to … Continue reading Counter-revolution in Ukraine: mobilise against reactionary coup and fascist militias

Syria: Legitimacy and Division

As the rival imperialist powers manoeuvre to gain an advantage from the mass uprising against Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, Marcus Halaby examines the regime's strategy and tactics as it struggles, if not for outright victory, then at least to cling on to some vestiges of its power. One of the historic claims to legitimacy of Ba’athism, … Continue reading Syria: Legitimacy and Division