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.
By Niall Green, 5 June 2010
The Russian-EU summit held last weekend produced no significant agreements as both sides attempted to shore up their relative positions in the face of Europe’s deepening financial crisis.
By Fred Williams, 18 May 2010
In the nine days since two explosions killed scores of miners at the Raspadskaya mine a political crisis has been building in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia.
By Fred Williams, 11 May 2010
As many as 90 miners and rescuers have died in a Siberian mine disaster. As in the recent West Virginia disaster, the causes are bound up with increasing productivity and a lowering of safety standards.
By Niall Green, 7 April 2010
The Moscow underground double suicide bombing, March 29, in which 40 people were killed, was a tragic and reactionary product of two decades of brutal warfare and repression by the Kremlin in the North Caucasus republics.
By Andrea Peters, 30 March 2010
Bombs exploded in two Moscow metro stations on Monday morning, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens more. The Kremlin is blaming separatists from the north Caucasus and is using the incidents as an opportunity to step up repression.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 March 2010
A short visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to India on March 12 resulted in a slew of bilateral agreements and improved strategic relations.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 March 2010
France and Russia signed energy, military, and industrial deals as France tried to rally Russian support against Iran and develop its influence in eastern Europe.
By Andrea Peters, 20 February 2010
A sharp rise in unemployment in Russia, which now stands at 9.2 percent, is leading to growing social discontent.
By Andrea Peters, 8 February 2010
The Russian economy declined dramatically over the course of 2009, according to recently released data from the federal statistics service.
By Vladimir Volkov and Andrea Peters, 18 January 2010
One month ago, Egor Gaidar, a leading figure in the restoration of capitalism in Russia, died of a heart attack. The policies he implemented had a disastrous impact on the country and resulted in an immense growth in social inequality.
By Andrea Peters, 7 January 2010
In late December, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced that his government intended to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons.
By Niall Green, 23 December 2009
The scramble for control of access to the oil and gas riches of Central Asia threatens to reanimate the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
By John Chan, 21 December 2009
The opening of a gas pipeline linking Turkmenistan to western China is another sign of rivalry among the major powers for domination of energy-rich Central Asia.
By Niall Green, 15 December 2009
Russia’s North Caucasus republics continue to experience ongoing insurgent attacks and abuses by government forces, as the region remains mired in instability and corruption.
By Andrea Peters, 9 December 2009
A fire at a nightclub in Perm, Russia on Saturday night has taken the lives of 118 people so far, with over a hundred more still hospitalized and dozens among them listed in critical condition.
By Niall Green, 9 December 2009
Reflecting tensions and antagonisms building up in Europe, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is calling for a new European treaty to replace the existing structures of NATO and the OSCE.
By Andrea Peters, 25 November 2009
The impact of the global financial crisis on the Russian economy is fueling conflicts within the country’s ruling elite over the administration of state resources.
By Vladimir Volkov, 24 October 2009
Following a wave of labor actions across Russia in the summer and early fall, workers at auto giant AvtoVaz are protesting mass layoffs.
Georgian attack unjustifiable under international law
By Niall Green, 2 October 2009
Following a 10-month investigation, a European Union report has found Georgia the aggressor in its 2008 war with Russia, directly refuting claims made not only by the Georgia government, but also by its backers in Washington and the US media.
AvtoVAZ to lay off 28,000, Aeroflot 2,200
By Niall Green, 1 October 2009
Russia’s largest car maker will axe more than one quarter of its total workforce, destroying 27,600 jobs. In a double blow, Aeroflot airline announced that it plans to cut 2,215 staff.
By Niall Green, 23 September 2009
As in the disputed presidential election of November 2004, bitter disputes between rival sections of the ruling elite—and the interests of foreign powers—are dominating the campaign for Ukraine’s presidential election to be held in January.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2009
Sunday’s announcement by President Hugo Chávez that Venezuela has reached a $2.2 billion deal to purchase Russian tanks and missiles is symptomatic of the growing international tensions in Latin America.
By Niall Green, 29 August 2009
The crisis in the Caucasus provoked by Washington’s belligerent policy toward Russia may soon be eclipsed by growing tensions over the future of Ukraine.
By Vladimir Volkov, 28 August 2009
The tenth anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s accession to the summit of political power in Russia—first as prime minister, then president, then again as prime minister—is an occasion for an overall evaluation of the past decade and its place in modern Russian history.
Latest industrial accident points to serious infrastructure failures
By Niall Green, 24 August 2009
An explosion at Russia’s largest hydroelectric power station August 17 has killed or injured scores of workers, while exposing the breakdown of basic Infrastructure.
By Vladimir Volkov, 17 August 2009
The dismal failure of Putin’s pension reform is having a profound impact on the social consciousness of the Russian working class.
One year since Russian-Georgian war
By Niall Green, 7 August 2009
On August 7 last year, long escalating tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia erupted into full-scale war. One year on from the war, tensions between the two sides remain high.
By Niall Green, 1 August 2009
The Nabucco natural gas pipeline will traverse Turkey to supply Western Europe, bypassing Russia.
By Niall Green, 31 July 2009
A recent spike in violence between Russian security forces and local militants indicates that Moscow has no plans to loosen its military grip in the North Caucasus.
By Niall Green, 18 July 2009
Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, a prominent critic of the pro-Kremlin government in Chechnya, was abducted and shot Wednesday while investigating alleged abuses by government-backed militias in the province.
By Niall Green, 8 July 2009
The US-Russia summit marked an attempt to improve relations between the two countries, but did not resolve any of the fundamental differences between them.