Category Archives: Russia

'Stalin casts his vote in first Soviet election', 17 December 1937. April 14

Democratic Legitimacy and the Soviet Union: Why Gorbachev Was Wrong

The following does not represent the views of all editors/staff or Anti-imperialism.com as a whole. This piece has been posted with the expressed permission of the original author who is the owner of all material here. The piece has been published with the hope of stirring discussion on the issue of democracy and the legacy […]

ukraine February 28

UPDATE: Russian Federation Invades Crimea, Plans For Separation Evident

2:45AM EST: Russian-aligned forces have occupied the two key airports in the Crimea region of Ukraine, AP reports. A separate group of gunmen seized the Crimean parliament, hoisting a Russian flag on its roof. It is unknown whether these are Ukrainian sympathizers, or special/advance forces of the Russian Federation. Both airports are reportedly still operating, […]

- February 21

Inter-imperialist rivalry and civil strife in Ukraine

Does unrest drop from the sky? Most certainly not; like any other political phenomenon, the kind of civil unrest we can observe in Ukraine is a result of determinant economic, social and political factors which in convergence transform into open struggle, which cost the lives of 75 people so far. The main entry point for […]

protests December 22

Unrest in the Ukraine: imperialism and rivalry

Last Saturday, December 14, US Senator and former GOP presidential candidate John McCain arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukrainian opposition leaders. The meeting comes during a tumultuous period for Ukrainian politics  as hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered over the past weeks to express blatant discontent with current President Viktor Yanukovych and […]

the-race-for-raw-materials September 26

On Inter-Imperialist Rivalry and ‘Eastern Imperialism’

Discussion has been sparked by a recent article posted at Anti-Imperialism.com about the situation in Syria. Particularly, some of the feedback questioned to the nature and existence of Russian and Chinese imperialism. The following is part of a correspondence which briefly deals with the development of monopoly capital outside of the post-WWII trilateral bloc of […]

russia-china-veto-against-us-intervention-in-syria1.1 September 15

Some Points on Syria, Inter-Imperialist Rivalry, and Communist Work

1) Regardless of how the situation developed, the current civil war amounts to a proxy-conflict between decrepit US-led imperialism (represented through the US and its Arabian allies) and a developing bloc of ‘Eastern’ monopoly capital (publicly represented primarily by Russia). 2) Whether Assad or the ‘rebels’ win, a certain debt will be owed and Syria […]

Irina_Malenko February 17

An Interview with Irina Malenko, Author of Sovietica

[This interview was sourced from Ideological Fightback. Re-posting is for educational purposes and does not imply endorsement of affiliation. Generally speaking, the USSR during the authors lifetime was not socialist. This is because it was no longer part of the movement for proletarian revolution. Instead it was led by a ruling class which eventually dismantled against the will of the […]

Lenin: Imperialism and the Split in Socialism

In light of all the hoopla around the election and specifically in response to all the ‘leftist’ and ‘socialist’ tailing and support for Barry Obama and the Demoncratic Party, is it appropriate to repost this short article by V.I. Lenin, entitled ‘Imperialism and the Split in Socialism.’ Lenin was prescience in regards to a phenomena, the ‘labor aristocracy,’ […]

In Honor of the Russian Revolution

November 7th marks is 95th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Led by the Bolshevik Party, the Russian Revolution was the first clearly proletarian revolution in which state power was seized, reactionaries vanquished, and socialism built among the hardships of civil conflict and imperialist aggression. Though the history of the Soviet Union, which the Russian Revolution founded, was […]

An Introduction to Stalin

The following is Bruce Franklin’s introduction to his book, ‘The Essential Stalin.’ As always, reposting here does not imply agreement, endorsement, or affiliation.  I used to think of Joseph Stalin as a tyrant and butcher who jailed and killed millions, betrayed the Russian revolution, sold out liberation struggles around the world, and ended up a […]

Leningrad and the Solitude of an Internationalist

The following is an excerpt from a recent essay by Andre Vltchek , originally published by Z Net. In it, Vltchek looks into various questions, notably those revolving around hegemonic post-Cold War reactionary rhetoric and internationalist identity. As always, reposting here does not imply endorse or affiliation. “No one is forgotten and nothing is forgotten”. That is what is engraved […]

Karl Marx: News of the Coming Revolt August 12

What is Marxism?

Accusations against Barack Obama by the political right in the US, recent media coverage of protest movements like Occupy Wall Street, and increased exposure for pop-philosophers like Slavoj Zizek have all brought the topic of Marxism back in the spotlight of popular attention in the west. In the process, little explanation has been given as to what Marxism is.

This essay will trace the philosophical foundations of Marxism and outline the most significant and relevant features of its historical development. My hope is to shed an incisive light on the topic of Marxism, specifically in a way that gets passed its employment as a buzzword or slogan by either the political right or ‘left.’ Marxism, as we shall see, is a rich philosophical “guide to action” grounded in the long-standing struggle against capitalist-imperialism and for proletarian revolution.

imperialism_usa July 23

Russia accuses West of blackmail on Syria, US pressures African proxies on Iran

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US and its western allies of using blackmail to secure a UN Security Council resolution on Syria. The draft resolution, circulated my members of the British delegation, included economic sanctions on the Syrian government and could pave the way for a future UN-backed intervention.

120501lenin May 08

Excerpt: “What is to be done”

A portion of the following quote from Lenin’s 1902 essay, What Is To Be Done, is widely cited as an insight into his thought on revolutionary struggle. Hence, the following excerpt is posted for critical discussion. What did Lenin mean here? Were these casual references to something otherwise apparent today? Or do his statements reflect […]

Syria’s Uprising in Context

Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, “the government has said that while some protesters have legitimate grievances, the uprising is driven by militant Islamists with foreign backing.” [1] This hardly squares with the view of Western state officials and media commentators who say that an authoritarian regime is killing its people and violently […]

Will Tigers’ and Humanity’s Paths Parallel?

Tigers may become extinct in the wild in a decade, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Today, less than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from 100,000 a century ago. These populations are divided into regional sub-species, such as Russia’s Siberian Tiger, of which around a mere 500 remain outside of captivity. Unless drastic […]

mao August 05

What is Maoism?

This essay by Bernard D’Mello was published last month by Monthly Review. In it, the author provides a multi-faceted, definite view of Maoism. We are posting it here for critical discussion, in large part because it approaches Maoism from a historical perspective and describes it as an outgrowth and class and ideological struggles. Posting here […]

The Makhno Myth

This article was originally published by Jason Yanowitz for ‘International Socialist Review.’ We republish it here for critical discussion. Republishing does not imply endorsement of the article, its line or the ISR.  STARTING IN the 1970s, a new consensus emerged among serious scholars of the Russian Revolution. Instead of seeing the rise of Stalinism as […]

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