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.
By Julie Hyland, 14 August 2014
The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region.
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.
By Markus Salzman, 14 August 2014
The new transitional government consists exclusively of those who maintain close relations to the EU and US.
By our reporter, 12 August 2014
The shelling damaged residential areas, hospitals and Russian Orthodox churches and claimed dozens of civilian victims.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 9 August 2014
Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 3 May 2014
The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.
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.
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.
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.
By Verena Nees, 17 April 2014
The crisis in Ukraine has led to sharp conflicts over the proposed conductor of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014
The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders.
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.
By John Braddock, 27 March 2014
The New Zealand government has aligned itself with the escalating US and EU provocations against Moscow.
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.”
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.”
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.
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
By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014
The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014
Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2014
What makes Khodorkovsky of interest to German politics is his absolute commitment to the looting of social wealth.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2013
Russia’s ruling elite is using currency devaluation to attack the working class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2013
Russia’s Customs Agency halted the import of Ukrainian goods to Russia last Thursday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2013
The Russian government is pushing through massive cuts and privatisation in the health care system.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 13 June 2013
The Kremlin now claims the economy will grow by just 2.4 percent.
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”.
By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2013
On April 17, the trial opened against blogger Alexei Navalny, who is charged with embezzlement.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2013
The relationship between Moscow and Berlin is characterized simultaneously by growing economic cooperation and increasing political tensions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By David Levine, 26 February 2013
A series of events over the past two months point to a marked deterioration in US-Russian relations.
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.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2012
President Vladimir Putin delivered the first speech of his new term in office to the federal assembly.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly spoken out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools.
By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012
The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.
By Clara Weiss, 19 September 2012
Commercial conflicts between European Union energy firms and the Russian gas supplier Gazprom will inevitably raise political tensions.
By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2012
Western leaders are using the Pussy Riot affair to pressure the Russian government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2012
As a result of the stagnation in the eurozone the economic crisis in Russia has worsened considerably.