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999 Berlin expels Russian diplomats

7 December 2019

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.

22 October 2019

100 Russian Mine collapse

21 October 2019

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.

Putin signs Russian internet censorship bills into law

By Clara Weiss, 22 March 2019

The two laws are part of an international campaign by the ruling class to crack down on the internet.

Russian Pabloites push for a “broad left” amid growing social discontent, advanced US preparations for regime change

By Clara Weiss, 20 March 2019

The ultimate aim of the Russian Socialist Movement’s proposed “broad left” is to divert the growing social and political opposition within the Russian working class into right-wing channels.

After ripping up of INF treaty

Pentagon escalating buildup on Russia’s borders

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2019

The top US commander in Europe told a Senate panel that the Pentagon needs more troops and more warships to counter alleged Russian “threats.”

One year since the Skripal poisoning

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2019

Even now there is no concrete evidence linking the regime of President Vladimir Putin with the Skripal poisoning—or even proof that novichok was involved.

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2019

A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair’s breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

Russia: University building collapses in St. Petersburg

By Clara Weiss, 19 February 2019

The building collapse in St. Petersburg is symptomatic of an epidemic of building collapses and fires, a direct result of the destruction of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the restoration of capitalism.

Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

The film is a poignant indictment of social inequality and has been subject to a campaign of Russian government censorship.

US “Worldwide Threat Assessment” takes aim at China

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2019

The annual report reflects a bipartisan escalation of US efforts to block China’s economic, military and technological development.

Russian Duma plans internet crackdown as 12,000 truckers strike

By Clara Weiss, 30 January 2019

The legislation is part of a global assault on free speech on the internet and a censorship campaign against independent news outlets.

UK: More troubling questions emerge in the Skripal case

By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2019

Nothing has been heard from the Skripals since they were spirited out of hospital months ago in a military-type operation and taken to a secret location.

The US political crisis reaches fever pitch

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2019

Both feuding factions of the US ruling elite are right-wing, anti-democratic and militaristic.

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles

By Baris Demir, 15 January 2019

The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.

US intelligence think tank conducted “false flag” operation impersonating Russian election interference

By Will Morrow, 31 December 2018

New Knowledge sought to influence the 2017 Alabama election and make it appear that Russia was intervening to back the Republican candidate.

Yet another murder that wasn’t: The Perepilichny case and the anti-Russia campaign

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2018

The Perepilichny case is the latest stark example of the propagation of “fake news” in the anti-Russia campaign.

A closer look at American “democracy”

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2018

The population is given the opportunity every two or four years to go to the polls and vote for one or the other corporate-controlled party. This is what is called “democracy.”

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 19 December 2018

The eight-part mini-series, now available on Netflix, is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production. This comment was originally posted in November 2017.

In Defense of Leon Trotsky presented at Moscow Book Fair

By our correspondents, 15 December 2018

The publication of the book is of particular importance in Russia and met with significant interest among attendees of the book fair.

Russian workers strike against social misery and austerity

By Clara Weiss, 13 December 2018

The crackdown on the strike in Kamchatka reflects the fear within the Russian oligarchy that the development of the class struggle internationally will sooner rather than later drive Russian workers into open struggle.

US-Russia tensions mount over warplanes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2018

The flight of the Russian warplanes to Caracas follows the provocative US Air Force overflight of Ukraine the previous week.

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2018

While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism’s real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

Merkel backs Ukrainian provocations against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 1 December 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply attacked Russia at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, declaring that Putin is fully responsible for the present conflict.

Trump cancels G20 meeting with Putin amid rising tensions

By Andre Damon, 30 November 2018

The United States is on a course for conflict not just with Russia, but with China and the European Union.

Ukraine’s provocation in the Azov Sea

By Clara Weiss and Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

The Ukrainian military, with the support of high-level figures within the US state, has instigated a major international crisis ahead of this week’s G20 summit.

Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships

By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2018

A military escalation in the Azov Sea was prepared over months, with a series of provocations by the Ukrainian regime that enjoyed the support of the EU and US imperialism.

“Trident Juncture” manoeuvres begin: NATO rehearses for war against Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 25 October 2018

The month-long manoeuvres in Norway heighten the danger of war between NATO and Russia.

Thousands mourn victims of school shooting in Crimea

By Andrea Peters, 23 October 2018

Twenty-one people are now dead as a result of a mass shooting at a vocational college in the Russian territory of Crimea.

Trump says US will withdraw from Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2018

As it targets Russia, China and other major powers, Washington is scrapping the entire framework of nuclear arms control that emerged from the Cold War.

A color revolution in the making: Vladimir Kara-Murza and Keith Gessen at Columbia University

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2018

The event at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute was a stark testimony to the advanced preparations for a US-backed color revolution in Russia.

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers

By Clara Weiss, 13 October 2018

Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections

By Andrea Peters, 6 October 2018

The electoral upsets that took place in September come as evidence mounts of growing discontent with Russia’s ruling party.

US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2018

To frame the demand for the seven arrests, the US utilised all the material gathered by its NATO allies against Russia over the Skripal/novichok affair.

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2018

The threat by the US envoy Kay Bailey Hutchison to “take out” Russian missiles raises the specter of a nuclear Third World War.

Russian Duma rams through pension reform amid mass opposition

By Clara Weiss, 29 September 2018

The passing of the reform, the most unpopular measure of the Russian government in decades, sets the stage for a sharp escalation of social and political conflicts in Russia.

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

“History never teaches anyone anything”

Russian neo-Stalinist defends Partido Obrero’s “refounding” of Fourth International

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

Said Gafurov, a former advisor to Vladimir Putin, defends the PO's policy on the basis that the struggle of Trotskyism against Stalinism has lost all political significance.

New documents on Yeltsin-Clinton conversations further expose US “meddling” in Russian politics

By Clara Weiss, 22 September 2018

The Clinton Foundation has released hundreds of pages of documents about conversations between US president Bill Clinton and Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

New York Times’ fraudulent “election plot” dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2018

The Times regurgitates unsubstantiated claims that Russia “hijacked” the 2016 election and carried out a “stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor” to further an agenda of criminalizing domestic dissent and censoring the internet.

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down

By Kumaran Ira, 20 September 2018

Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia

By Ben McGrath, 17 September 2018

Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington’s protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.

China and Russia strengthen ties to counter US threats

By Peter Symonds, 13 September 2018

After their meeting, neither Xi nor Putin named Trump but they left no doubt that their closer ties are a reaction to Washington’s punitive measures.

Russian government cracks down on protesters during regional elections

By Clara Weiss, 12 September 2018

The crackdown on supporters of Navalny is meant to intimidate the millions of Russian workers and youth who oppose Putin’s pension reform.

Putin backs widely hated Russian pension reform

By Clara Weiss, 5 September 2018

The pension reform, with or without Putin’s proposed changes, is an aggressive move by the oligarchy in its class warfare against Russian workers.

Amid NATO threats, Russia launches largest war games since World War II

By Alex Lantier, 1 September 2018

The exercises come amid an escalation of military conflicts and tensions across Eurasia imminently posing the danger of a direct clash between the main nuclear powers.

Manila moves toward major arms purchase from Russia

By Joseph Santolan, 25 August 2018

The Pentagon, which has been systematically escalating military tensions with Russia, has not taken kindly to Washington’s former colony improving relations with Moscow.

Russian Duma presses ahead with pension reform in face of overwhelming popular opposition

By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2018

While 90 percent of the population opposes the reform, the Duma debate was dominated by its proponents.

Russian Duma presses ahead with pension reform in face of overwhelming popular opposition

By Clara Weiss, 23 August 2018

While 90 percent of the population opposes the reform, the Duma debate was dominated by its proponents.

New round of US sanctions against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 August 2018

Russian commentators have warned of a full-scale economic war between Russia and the US.

US-German tensions rise as construction starts on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

By Richard Tyler, 10 August 2018

Although the construction of Nord Stream 2 has begun, it could yet fall afoul of US President’s Trump’s trade war policies.

Russian Stalinists, pseudo-left close ranks against opposition to pension cuts

By Clara Weiss, 28 July 2018

Putin has promised since 2005 not to cut pensions and is plummeting in the polls, amid growing social anger in the working class.

Washington Post columnist calls for intervention of the “deep state”

By Andre Damon, 21 July 2018

“With a supine Congress unwilling to play the role it is assigned by the Constitution, the deep state stands between us and the abyss,” declares Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

UK poisonings: New allegations expose more contradictions

By Steve James, 20 July 2018

Despite incessant media hysteria over “novichok,” no evidence has been presented to back the claim of a second round of poisonings in Salisbury, England.

After Helsinki, Democrats incite “deep state” action against Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2018

Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki unleashed a wave of denunciations from Democrats and the media, with former top intelligence officials calling for his ouster.

Anti-Russia campaign revived in UK with alleged discovery of “novichok” in perfume bottle

By our reporter, 17 July 2018

The narrative being developed by the police is that a “container” of novichok was likely discarded by Russian state-sponsored agents who had attempted to assassinate double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4.

In run-up to Trump-Putin summit, Mueller charges 12 Russian officers with DNC email hack

By Bill Van Auken, 14 July 2018

The announcement of the criminal charges against the 12 Russians provoked a wave of hysteria from the US television news networks and Democratic Party officials.

More inconsistencies in account of second UK novichok poisoning

By Thomas Scripps, 11 July 2018

The theory advanced by the government is that “Russia has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen.”

Soviet-Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dead at 87

By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2018

Rozhdestvensky had a formative influence on Soviet musical life throughout much of the postwar period.