Russia

Western powers talk “peace” while eastern Ukraine is decimated

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2014

Talks between the foreign ministers of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia failed to produce an agreement while Ukraine continued to attack Luhansk and Donetsk.

Russian aid convoy prompts Ukraine war threats with US backing

By Julie Hyland, 14 August 2014

The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region.

The fascist atrocities in east Ukraine and the fraud of “humanitarian” war

By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2014

The siege of Donetsk and Luhansk is a barbaric act of collective punishment that exposes the humanitarian pretenses of US and European imperialism.

Bulgarian government commits itself to more aggressive policy against Moscow

By Markus Salzman, 14 August 2014

The new transitional government consists exclusively of those who maintain close relations to the EU and US.

US-backed Ukrainian regime shells civilians in Donetsk, Luhansk

By our reporter, 12 August 2014

The shelling damaged residential areas, hospitals and Russian Orthodox churches and claimed dozens of civilian victims.

War threat grows as Russia prepares to intervene in east Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 August 2014

Plans for a Russian aid convoy in east Ukraine are setting the stage for a direct military clash between Russia and the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

Tensions grow in Germany over threat of war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 11 August 2014

A conflict between two leading German business papers, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reflects sharp tensions within ruling circles over foreign policy.

Australian PM backs NATO threats against Russia

By Mike Head, 9 August 2014

Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.

Snowden permitted to stay in Russia for three more years

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2014

The move, which was furiously denounced by the US media and political establishment, comes amid the escalating US war drive against Russia.

UK parliamentary panel demands NATO prepare for confrontation with Russia

By Julie Hyland, 1 August 2014

The proposal would have NATO broaden the terms in its founding treaty that trigger collective action in the event of an “armed attack” on an ally.

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

This is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

EU imposes its first sanctions against the Russian economy

By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2014

The EU sanctions are meant to force Russia to its knees economically, politically destabilize it, and bring about regime-change in Moscow.

US, Europe to boost sanctions on Russia

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2014

European support for tougher sanctions reflects both pressure from Washington and a determination to exploit the MH17 crash to the hilt.

Australian prime minister lauded over anti-Russian stance and MH17 resolution

By James Cogan, 23 July 2014

All the establishment parties have come together in a display of “national unity,” based on condemnations of Russia, manufactured sorrow and boasts of Australia strutting the “world stage.”

Russian army data points to Ukrainian role in Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash

By Alex Lantier, 22 July 2014

Russian radar and satellite imagery raises serious questions as to the role of the Ukrainian regime and its Western backers in the MH17 crash.

Subway disaster in Moscow kills 22

By David Levine, 16 July 2014

The largest-ever accident on the Moscow subway system occurred Tuesday when a train derailed, killing 22 and leaving 130 hospitalized.

BNP Paribas fine highlights France-US tensions over Ukraine

By Francis Dubois, 8 July 2014

According to Vladimir Putin, the fine imposed on BNP Paribas by Washington was aimed at blocking the delivery of French warships to Russia.

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 2014

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.

G7 unity shows cracks on Russia sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014

While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.

Russian president forges stronger ties in China

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2014

It is precisely Washington’s confrontation strategy in Asia as in Eastern Europe that is driving China and Russia into a closer relationship.

German Greens incite conflict with Russia

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2014

Ralf Fücks, a leading member of the Green Party, has accused the German government of weakness in the Ukraine crisis.

Washington, Ukrainian puppet regime prepare new fascist slaughter in Odessa

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2014

In the wake of Friday’s fascist massacre of pro-Russian protesters in Odessa, the US puppet regime in Kiev deployed National Guard units to the city on Monday.

Washington responsible for fascist massacre in Odessa

By Mike Head, 3 May 2014

The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.

RAF fighters intercept Russian planes in international air space

By Richard Tyler, 25 April 2014

The scrambling of RAF fighters to intercept two Russian aircraft underscores the dangers posed by US and European imperialism’s reckless actions against Russia.

New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos

By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2014

The Times is attempting to cover over its participation in an attempt to manufacture evidence of a Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Munich Greens demand cancellation of Russian orchestra conductor’s contract

By Verena Nees, 17 April 2014

The crisis in Ukraine has led to sharp conflicts over the proposed conductor of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra.

US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2014

Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war.

Syria, Russia and Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014

The ongoing war in Syria, like the wars for regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, is in part aimed against Russian political and commercial interests in the region.

Popular discontent grows with German media lies in Ukraine crisis

By Anna Rombach, 4 April 2014

Many people are repulsed by the unprecedented wave of anti-Russian propaganda that has dominated the German media recently.

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014

The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders.

Eastern European states demand stronger action against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014

Eastern European governments have fully supported the right-wing US and EU-led coup in Ukraine and are now demanding intensified military action against Russia.

New Zealand joins Washington’s sanctions against Russia

By John Braddock, 27 March 2014

The New Zealand government has aligned itself with the escalating US and EU provocations against Moscow.

EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity

By Mike Head, 22 March 2014

Amid intensifying sanctions and military provocations against Russia, the EU and the Western-backed government in Ukraine yesterday signed a pact that paves the way for brutal austerity measures and free market “reforms.”

German media seeks to paint Putin as new “Hitler”

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2014

A prominent Germany newspaper recently interviewed Ukrainian oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko, who accused Russia of seeking to “redraw the map of the world through war, mass murder and blood.”

US/European military provocations greet Russian annexation of Crimea

By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2014

The United States is lining up its puppet regime in Ukraine and its regional allies to prepare a series of military provocations against Russia.

Ukrainian putsch creates economic and political turmoil in Russia

By Andrea Peters, 18 March 2014

In the face of an intensifying economic and geo-political crisis, the Kremlin is attempting to corral popular opposition to the far-right putsch in Ukraine behind Russian nationalism.

After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister

Obama issues new threats against Russia

By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014

The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.

Kiev to build new army, impose austerity as civil war threatens Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014

With Ukraine facing the likely secession of Crimea, the far-right regime in Kiev is moving to slash social spending and build a new army.

War propaganda in the German media

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 March 2014

On the issue of the conflict in Ukraine leading German newspapers have replaced any serious attempt to convince their readers with a barrage of propaganda.

The crisis in Ukraine and the historical consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union

By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014

It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.

US steps up pressure on Russia amid growing risk of war over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014

The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.

Canada supports Ukraine coup, threats to Russia

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.

After pro-EU putsch in Ukraine, Russia puts military on alert

By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014

Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.

US media, politicians mobilize against Sochi Olympics

By Andrea Peters, 10 February 2014

The Sochi Olympics opened on Friday amid a propaganda onslaught from the US media, taking its cues from the Obama administration and allied powers in Europe.

US response to leaked call confirms US/EU regime-change plot in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2014

The leaked US diplomatic call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to install authoritarian regimes in countries it is targeting.

How Khodorkovsky became Russia’s richest man

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2014

The universal excitement over Khodorkovsky reveals more about the state of democracy in Germany than it does about political conditions in Russia.

Why Berlin is active on behalf of the Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky

By Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2014

What makes Khodorkovsky of interest to German politics is his absolute commitment to the looting of social wealth.

Terror bombings kill at least 32 in southern Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2013

A pair of weekend terror bombings in the city of Volgograd claimed the lives of at least 32 and left over 60 wounded, many seriously.

Putin pardons Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky in overture to the West

By Andrea Peters, 23 December 2013

The Kremlin’s pardoning of ex-billionaire oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a maneuver to reach an accommodation with US and European imperialism.

Russia moving to devalue the ruble

By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2013

Russia’s ruling elite is using currency devaluation to attack the working class.

Egypt, Russia discuss closer military cooperation

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2013

Last week’s visit of a high-level Russian delegation to Cairo highlights increasing tensions between Egypt and Washington and the deepening crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East.

50 dead in plane crash in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2013

Expressions of grief by government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, and a proposed investigation are aimed at concealing the real causes of the disaster.

EU in tug of war with Russia over Ukraine

By Clara Weiss, 8 November 2013

The planned signing of an association and free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine has led to sharp tensions with Russia.

Kremlin dismantles Russian Academy of Sciences

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2013

Recently passed reforms will result in the plundering of what remains of Russia’s leading scientific and cultural institutions.

The pseudo-left Russian Socialist Movement and the dead end of the anti-Putin protests

By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2013

The disintegration of the Russian protests and its transformation into a platform to promote the right-wing candidacy of Alexei Navalny has exposed the rotten politics of the RSM.

Seven die in suicide attack in southern Russia

By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2013

A suicide attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday killed seven people and injured another 40, many seriously.

Social inequality in Russia reaches record levels

By Clara Weiss, 19 October 2013

This year’s Global Wealth Report records the income gap between the mass of the population and the super-rich as greater in Russia than in any other major country.

Anti-immigrant pogroms in Moscow

By Clara Weiss, 16 October 2013

Sunday's racist riot in Moscow is a product of the anti-immigrant chauvinism of the Russian political establishment.

Russia-France talks on Syria end in clash over chemical warfare claims

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2013

In talks yesterday in Moscow, the Kremlin refused to accept French claims designed to provide ammunition for a US-led war of aggression against Syria.

Russia: Fire in mental hospital kills at least 35

By Clara Weiss, 16 September 2013

Tragedies like the one at the Luka mental hospital have become a regular occurrence since the restoration of capitalism in Russia.

Mass abstention in Russian regional elections

By Clara Weiss, 13 September 2013

The election results were a clear rejection of the politics of the Kremlin although opposition candidates were only supported by a tiny fraction of the population.

Saudi-Russian talks raise questions on Syrian war drive, Boston bombings

By Clara Weiss and Alex Lantier, 11 September 2013

Recent accounts of secret talks between Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Russian President Vladimir Putin raise further questions about US and Saudi roles in fabricating a pretext for war in Syria, as well as in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Syrian war, threat of global conflict dominate G20 summit

By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2013

The threat of a major war and deep US-Russian tensions over Syria have overshadowed the St. Petersburg G20 summit of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.

NATO’s Afghan draw-down stokes Kremlin’s fears of clash with US

By Clara Weiss, 3 September 2013

The Kremlin fears that the NATO troop drawdown in Afghanistan signals a new offensive by Washington and its Islamist allies against Russia in Central Asia.

Tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2013

Russia’s Customs Agency halted the import of Ukrainian goods to Russia last Thursday.

Russian authorities persecute immigrants

By Clara Weiss, 14 August 2013

Russian authorities have conducted a wave of raids against immigrants in Moscow since the end of July, resulting in widespread arrests.

Russia and Iran deepen political and military cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 8 August 2013

There are indications of a shift in Russian-Iranian relations as the war in Syria intensifies.

One day after Russian asylum for Snowden

Obama administration launches terror scare

By Thomas Gaist, 3 August 2013

The terror scare follows more evidence of broad popular opposition to the NSA spying programs and support for Snowden.

Russian court convicts opposition leader Alexei Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 22 July 2013

On Thursday, a district court in the city of Kirov sentenced liberal oppositionist Alexei Navalny to 5 years in jail for embezzlement.

China and Russia hold naval exercise in Sea of Japan

By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2013

Naval drills between China and Russia, monitored by nearby US and Japan aircraft, highlight the growing tensions in North East Asia.

Nationalists stage violent protests in southern Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 July 2013

Right-wing forces are exploiting the social crisis in Russia to divert the population’s discontent into reactionary channels.

European Union’s Nabucco pipeline project aborted

By Clara Weiss, 13 July 2013

The Nabucco pipeline project, which was to have transported gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe in order to bypass Russia, has been cancelled.

Russian government implements austerity as economy falters

By Andrea Peters, 10 July 2013

Russia’s minister of finance announced plans last week to address a $33 billion budget shortfall with cuts targeting the working class.

Russian government attacks public health system

By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2013

The Russian government is pushing through massive cuts and privatisation in the health care system.

Russian parliament passes anti-homosexual laws

By Clara Weiss, 18 June 2013

The laws are part of a campaign by the Kremlin to appeal to nationalist sentiment and exploit right-wing forces such as the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian economy threatened by recession

By Clara Weiss, 13 June 2013

The Kremlin now claims the economy will grow by just 2.4 percent.

Russia: Deputy Prime Minister Surkov resigns

By Clara Weiss, 16 May 2013

On May 8, President Vladimir Putin approved the “voluntary resignation” of Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov, universally regarded as “number two in the Kremlin”.

Russian authorities put opposition blogger Alexei Navalny on trial

By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2013

On April 17, the trial opened against blogger Alexei Navalny, who is charged with embezzlement.

Moscow calls Obama’s human rights bluff

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2013

If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.

Putin in Germany: Rising tensions between Moscow and Berlin

By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2013

The relationship between Moscow and Berlin is characterized simultaneously by growing economic cooperation and increasing political tensions.

Russia presses ahead with the rebuilding of its military forces

By Clara Weiss, 2 April 2013

President Vladimir Putin and other senior officials have repeatedly stressed that the upgrading of Russia’s military capacity is a top priority of Kremlin policy.

The strange death of Boris Berezovsky

By Joseph Santolan, 26 March 2013

Berezovsky was the personification of the plutocrats whose wealth was acquired through the looting of the Russian economy after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Brutal exploitation of immigrant labor in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 March 2013

A Human Rights Watch report documents the exploitation of immigrant workers employed in the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Social and political tensions mount in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 5 March 2013

Russian president Putin is using an anti-corruption campaign to reorganise the Russian ruling elite and channel the anger of the middle class.

American NGOs pull out of Russia

By David Levine, 26 February 2013

A series of events over the past two months point to a marked deterioration in US-Russian relations.

Science, society and the Chelyabinsk meteor

By Don Barrett, 18 February 2013

The meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia marks the first conjunction of a frequent and natural occurrence—the collision of the Earth with debris left over from the formation of the solar system—with a modern metropolis.

Kremlin responds to slowdown in economic growth with deeper social cuts

By Clara Weiss, 7 February 2013

The budget for 2013-2015 provides for massive cuts in the spheres of culture, education and health, while the share going to military spending will rise to 6.1 percent of GDP.

Russian government intensifies witch-hunt of migrant workers

By Clara Weiss, 18 January 2013

Against a background of growing social tensions, the Russian government is stepping up its anti-immigrant measures in close collaboration with fascist groups.

Russian President Putin’s address to parliament promotes nationalism, austerity

By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2012

President Vladimir Putin delivered the first speech of his new term in office to the federal assembly.

Russia starts construction of the South Stream pipeline

By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2012

The South Stream pipeline is of considerable political importance: it will undermine the monopoly position of Ukraine as a transit country for gas supplies and ensure that Europe continues to receive a large proportion of its gas from Russia.

Russian President Putin advocates ban on headscarves in schools

By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly spoken out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools.

Russian parliament expels Putin adversary

By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012

The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.

EU launches anti-monopoly suit against Russia's Gazprom

By Clara Weiss, 19 September 2012

Commercial conflicts between European Union energy firms and the Russian gas supplier Gazprom will inevitably raise political tensions.

Why Western politicians support Pussy Riot

By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2012

Western leaders are using the Pussy Riot affair to pressure the Russian government.

Russian governor deploys Cossack militia against immigrants

By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2012

The governor of the southern Russian Krasnodar region announced he intends to deploy a Cossack militia against illegal immigrants from the Caucasus.

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot jailed for singing anti-Putin song

By Vladimir Volkov, 18 August 2012

Three members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for singing songs critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Record temperatures and forest fires in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012

Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.

Flooding in Krymsk: Kremlin covers up causes and consequences

By Clara Weiss, 20 July 2012

The reaction of the population to the flood disaster in Krymsk shows the extent of the social divide in Russia and the level of hatred for the government and the oligarchy.

Kremlin prepares for a second economic crisis

By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2012

As a result of the stagnation in the eurozone the economic crisis in Russia has worsened considerably.