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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan (1988)

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Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan

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Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

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Trotsky's Last Letter to the Russian Workers

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Leon Trotsky

Greetings to the Soviet workers, collective farmers, soldiers of the Red Army and sailors of the Red Navy! Greetings from distant Mexico where I found refuge after the Stalinist clique had exiled me to Turkey and after the bourgeoisie had hounded me from country to country!

Letter written in May 1940 to be smuggled into Stalin's USSR

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Last Letter to the Russian Workers

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Leon Trotsky

Greetings to the Soviet workers, collective farmers, soldiers of the Red Army and sailors of the Red Navy! Greetings from distant Mexico where I found refuge after the Stalinist clique had exiled me to Turkey and after the bourgeoisie had hounded me from country to country!

Letter written in May 1940 to be smuggled into Stalin's USSR

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Last Letter to the Russian Workers

Author: 

Leon Trotsky

Greetings to the Soviet workers, collective farmers, soldiers of the Red Army and sailors of the Red Navy! Greetings from distant Mexico where I found refuge after the Stalinist clique had exiled me to Turkey and after the bourgeoisie had hounded me from country to country!

Letter written in May 1940 to be smuggled into Stalin's USSR

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Defend Nigerias workers! Mark (Sandell)
Blackboard jungles: why school violence?

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1968 (1968)

1: April 1968: A "Cultural Revolution"?

The attempt in Czechoslovakia in 1968 to create a "Socialism With a Human Face" was snuffed out by an invasion by the armies of the USSR and its other East European satellites. Where did the reforming regime come from? Two articles from Workers Fight, 1968

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Where is Russia going?

An interview with Kiril Buketov who is the deputy editor of the main trade union newspaper Solidarnost and one of the founders of the independent Labour information centre.

An interview with Kiril Buketov is the deputy editor of the main trade union newspaper Solidarnost and one of the founders of the independent Labour information centre.

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Pro-Russian separatists regroup

Despite promising to defend the town to the last man and the last drop of blood, pro-Russian separatists pulled out of Slaviansk the weekend of 5-6 July. Kramatorsk and some smaller population centres were also abandoned. The separatists regrouped in Donetsk.

In an article entitled “We Left Slaviansk in Order to Return to Kiev”, Igor Druz (adviser to the self-styled “Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic”) explained:

By regrouping in Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian separatists are able to use the civilian population as “protection”: bombardments by air or land by the Ukrainian forces would inevitably cause major civilian casualties.

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