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.
By Clara Weiss, 10 July 2012
At least 170 people have died following flooding in the southern Russian region of Krasnodarsk at the weekend.
The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution
5 July 2012
Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.
By Clara Weiss, 16 June 2012
Tens of thousands joined an anti-Kremlin demonstration in Moscow on Tuesday.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian general staff to work out a plan for military operations outside Russia, including in Syria.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
Trade unions are attempting to stifle the wave of strikes that have broken out recently in Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 7 June 2012
Russian president Vladimir Putin met with the German chancellor and the newly elected French president for talks centered on Syria.
By Andrea Peters and Clara Weiss, 26 May 2012
President Vladimir Putin has responded with force to anti-Kremlin protests in recent weeks, as the new government prepares to implement a right-wing agenda.
By Clara Weiss, 19 May 2012
The last minute decision of Russian president Vladimir Putin to not attend this week’s G8 summit is an unmistakable sign of deteriorating relations between Moscow and NATO.
By Clara Weiss, 11 May 2012
On Wednesday, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight crashed into the rock face of a volcano near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2012
Putin’s third term as president will be marked by a deepening economic crisis and geopolitical tensions that threaten to escalate into a war between the major powers.
By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2012
The recent threats by the Russian army chief to launch pre-emptive military strikes in eastern Europe underline the growing geopolitical tensions between the major powers.
By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2012
Russia has undertaken intensive preparations during the past few months for a possible military strike by Israel and the United States on Iran.
By John Chan, 27 April 2012
Both China and Russia are deeply concerned at the aggressive US military build up in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Clara Weiss, 21 April 2012
Two strikes have taken place in the Russian car industry in recent weeks, showing the extremely tense social relations in the country.
By Clara Weiss, 16 April 2012
After the conclusion of the election cycle and amid a deepening economic crisis, the Russian government is preparing major cuts in social spending
By Clara Weiss, 7 April 2012
At least 17 migrant workers, apparently undocumented and from Central Asian republics, died in a horrific fire in the southwest of Moscow early Tuesday morning.
By Andrea Peters, 5 March 2012
Vladimir Putin claimed a victory in Sunday’s presidential elections based, in a vote denounced by the opposition as fraudulent.
By Clara Weiss, 22 February 2012
In Russia in 2012, analysts expect economic decline and a further intensification of the capital exodus.
By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2012
The appointment of Michael McFaul as new US ambassador to Moscow has fueled fresh tensions between Washington and Moscow.
By Clara Weiss, 24 January 2012
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presented his election program in an article published January 16 in the Russian daily Izvestia.
By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2011
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Moscow to protest the rigged Russian parliamentary elections of December 4.
By Clara Weiss, 23 December 2011
In his annual address before the Federal Assembly on December 22, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced limited concessions to the liberal free-market opposition.
By Vladimir Volkov, 23 December 2011
The Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), created at the beginning of this March, is trying to establish in Russia a culture of pseudo-left opportunism, completely hostile to the working class.
By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2011
On a nationally televised call-in show Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responded to dozens of questions from callers by dismissing recent protests against election fraud and appealing to free market liberals.
By Niall Green, 14 December 2011
Russian billionaire oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov announced on December 12 that he would run in next year’s presidential elections against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
By Andrea Peters, 12 December 2011
Thousands of people joined protests on Saturday in cities across Russia in the largest antigovernment demonstrations in nearly two decades.
By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2011
Amid deep popular disaffection and opposition protests against the regime of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin following Russia’s December 4 parliamentary elections, US officials are mounting a campaign to destabilize Russia.
By Fred Williams, 7 December 2011
United Russia, the ruling party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, suffered major losses in parliamentary elections on December 4.
By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2011
Relations between Moscow and Washington have grown increasingly tense, with the latest dispute between the countries centering on Russian opposition to a US missile defense system in Europe.
By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2011
On November 8, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched the first line of the new Nord Stream pipeline.
By Clara Weiss, 11 November 2011
The recent commemoration of National Unity Day in Russia saw an outpouring of ultra-nationalism in Moscow, far-right sentiments that are a direct product of the promotion of Great Russian chauvinism by the Kremlin.
By Alex Lantier, 13 October 2011
Putin wrapped up a two-day visit to Beijing Wednesday that focused on signing billions in contracts with Chinese firms.
By Clara Weiss and Andrea Peters, 10 October 2011
The Kremlin’s recent decision to put forward Vladimir Putin as the leading candidate for the Russian presidency in 2012 is a response to a deepening economic and political crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2011
As in the case of Libya, the concern of the US and European powers in Syria is not democratic rights, but the advancement of their interests in the Middle East.
By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2011
Following the Russian abstention in the UN resolution sanctioning NATO’s invasion of Libya, Moscow’s recent recognition of the Libyan TNC exposes mounting tensions within the Russian ruling elite.
By Clara Weiss, 1 July 2011
At its June 25 extraordinary party conference, the Russian right-wing liberal party “Right Cause” elected its new leader, the Russian businessman and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
By John Chan, 22 June 2011
Ten years after its formation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is emerging as a potential rival bloc to the US and its European allies.
By Niall Green, 19 May 2011
Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.
By Vladimir Volkov and Alex Lantier, 16 May 2011
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s May 6 call for a Russian National Popular Front reflects rising tensions in his relations with President Dmitri Medvedev.
By John Chan, 18 April 2011
Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2011
Forces allied to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev are continuing to push for significant changes to the Russian military.
By John Chan, 25 March 2011
Moscow and Beijing are concerned that Washington is once again using its military might to advance its strategic ambitions at their expense.
By Andrea Peters, 2 March 2011
The ongoing wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa has provoked alarm within the Kremlin, which fears the destabilizing impact of these events on Russia’s national interests in the region, the world economy and mass consciousness throughout the former Soviet sphere.
By John Chan, 17 February 2011
Talks between the Japanese and Russian foreign ministers broke down last week—another indication of sharp tensions in North East Asia.
By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2011
The Russian government has promised to increase state repression in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly terror attack at Moscow’s international airport.
By Niall Green, 25 January 2011
An apparent suicide bombing in Moscow’s main international airport Monday killed at least 35 people and injured at least another 130.
By Niall Green, 24 January 2011
President Karzai paid his second visit in six months to Moscow, hoping to drum up support for his regime.
By Andrea Peters, 22 January 2011
Rising utility prices across Russia are pushing down real wages.
By Vladimir Volkov, 20 January 2011
Russia’s new year began with a series of disasters pointing to the advanced state of decay of the country’s infrastructure.
By Vladimir Volkov, 11 January 2011
Russia’s new year began with a series of disasters pointing to the advanced state of decay of the country’s infrastructure.
By David Firestone, 3 January 2011
Thousands of passengers were left stranded in the airports, some spending several days waiting for their flights, leading to protests.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2010
The politically manipulated proceedings targeted Khodorkovsky, a Russian oil tycoon who has attracted the support of all the major imperialist powers, particularly the United States.
By Tom Eley, 23 December 2010
The US Senate on Wednesday approved the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, which was heavily backed by the US military and foreign policy establishment.
By Andrea Peters, 15 December 2010
Tensions remain high in Russia after violent anti-immigrant demonstrations by nationalists in several cities this past weekend.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2010
US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks have unveiled secret NATO plans for a US-led war against Russia over the Baltic states.
By Andrea Peters, 2 December 2010
President Medvedev used his annual address to a issue sharp warning to the US, while sidestepping any discussion of economic and political problems facing Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2010
The World Bank’s recent report on Russia points to the social crisis affecting the population as the result of the global economic downturn.
By Niall Green, 19 November 2010
The United States has exerted enormous political pressure on Thai authorities to extradite Viktor Bout, a Russian accused of being a major international arms dealer. Both Moscow and Washington greatly value Bout as a man who knows too much to be in the hands of their rivals.
By Andrea Peters, 5 November 2010
Diplomatic tensions have erupted between Russia and Japan, following a high-profile visit by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to the South Kuril Islands.
By Vladimir Volkov and Andrea Peters, 9 October 2010
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev dismissed Moscow’s mayor Yuri Luzhkov September 28. One of the most powerful politicians in the country, Luzhkov had occupied his post for 18 years, virtually the entire post-Soviet period.
By John Chan, 6 October 2010
Amid rising tensions between China and the US and its ally Japan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement with Chinese President Hu Jintao for closer relations.
By Vladimir Volkov and Andrea Peters, 23 September 2010
At a recent international forum, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev outlined his views on the meaning of democracy.
By Niall Green, 30 August 2010
The Russian government announced last month that it would sell minority stakes in 11 state-owned companies.
By Andrea Peters, 21 August 2010
The wildfire disaster in Russia, which is now abating, has exposed the decay of social infrastructure resulting from the restoration of capitalism and the vast chasm that separates ordinary working people from the ruling elite.
By Andrea Peters, 10 August 2010
Moscow health department reports a near doubling of the city mortality rate, as heavy smoke caused by burning wildfires continues to blanket the area. The public health crisis is a product of the dismantling of Russia’s public infrastructure and the semi-privatization of the country’s forestlands.
By Andrea Peters, 7 August 2010
The Russian government has banned all grain exports, in response to widespread crop failures caused by a severe drought. The agricultural crisis has sent wheat prices soaring in Russia and internationally.
By David Firestone, 6 August 2010
Forest and peat fires, resulting from sustained record high temperatures and unusually dry weather, have been raging across central Russia for over a week.
By Niall Green, 30 July 2010
The Kremlin has announced plans to begin shipping arms to support the US occupation of Afghanistan along the Northern Distribution Network that passes through Russia.
By Andrea Peters, 21 July 2010
In recent weeks the Russian government has announced its intention to slash the country’s federal deficit by half by 2013, a move that will require drastic reductions in government spending.