Russia & the former Soviet Union

Declassified grand jury transcripts confirm frame-up of Ethel Rosenberg

The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

By Tom Eley, 13 September 2008

The recent release of previously secret grand jury transcripts has revealed that crucial testimony was perjured in the conviction and 1953 execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union.

Trotskyism in postwar USSR: the record of an anti-Stalinist youth group in the early 1950s

By Vladimir Volkov, 5 June 2004

In the Soviet Union throughout the post-World War II era anti-Stalinist opposition groups continuously emerged that opposed the bureaucratic regime from the left—from the point of view of the necessity of reviving Soviet democracy and internationalism, as well as restoring the norms of party life that existed in the Bolshevik Party in the first years following the October Revolution of 1917.

Women in the Russian Revolution

The letters of Natalia Sedova to Leon Trotsky

By Vladimir Volkov, 1 July 2003

The 1917 Revolution in Russia not only raised millions of workers and peasants to historical life. It also advanced to the center stage of world events a whole layer of distinguished representatives of the socialist intelligentsia, bearers of the revolution’s political consciousness, who had imbibed the international traditions of European social democracy and the best heritage of European culture in general.

Intrepid thought: psychoanalysis in the Soviet Union—Part 2

By Frank Brenner, 12 June 1999

This is the second, and concluding, section of a two-part article. The first part was posted on Friday, June 11.

Intrepid thought: psychoanalysis in the Soviet Union

By Frank Brenner, 11 June 1999

The nature of man himself is hidden in the deepest and darkest recesses of the unconscious, the elemental and the submerged. Is it not self-evident that the greatest efforts of inquiring thought and of creative initiative will move in that direction?—Trotsky

1937: Stalin’s Year of Terror By Vadim Z. Rogovin

Chapter 1: Preparations for the First Show Trial

29 December 1998

Stalin fell far short of achieving his goals with the trials that followed Kirov’s murder. The immediate organizers of the murder were declared to be a group of thirteen young "Zinovievists," shot in December 1934 during the case of the so-called "Leningrad Center."

Leon Trotsky and the Fate of Marxism in the USSR

By Vadim Rogovin, 29 December 1998

This lecture was delivered by Professor Vadim Rogovin at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, on June 3, 1996

1937: Stalin’s Year of Terror By Vadim Z. Rogovin – Introduction

29 December 1998

Once upon a time, unintentionally, And probably hazarding a guess, Hegel called the historian a prophet Predicting in reverse. B. Pasternak

Stalin’s Great Terror: Origins and Consequences

By Vadim Rogovin, 29 December 1998

This lecture was delivered by Professor Vadim Rogovin at the University of Melbourne in Australia on May 28, 1996.

An introduction to a groundbreaking new book and its author

1937: Stalin’s Year of Terror

By Vadim Rogovin, 29 December 1998

Mehring Books is pleased to announce publication of 1937: Stalin's Year of Terror by Vadim Z. Rogovin (584 pages, ISBN 0-929087-77-1, $US 29.95 plus shipping - available online).

Vadim Rogovin: 1937-1998

Russian Marxist Historian Dies in Moscow

By David North, 18 September 1998

Vadim Zakharovich Rogovin, the Russian Marxist historian and sociologist, and author of a monumental six-volume study of the Trotskyist opposition to the rise of the Stalinist regime within the USSR, died of cancer early Friday morning in Moscow. He was 61 years old.