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Ukraine: the truth about Maidan: Workers' Liberty 3/47

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Dale Street
The Maidan in Ukraine needs to be defended against the lies and calumnies of the Stalin-nostalgics, Putin-apologists and cheerleaders for Russian imperialism who masquerade as ‘anti-fascists’.

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Homophobia and resurgent Russian nationalism

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Dale Street

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased as much as tenfold since the Russian Duma voted in June of 2013 to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

A recent Human Rights Watch report documented physical attacks, abductions, aggressive harassment and verbal abuse of LGBT people and activists in 16 Russian cities. LGBT employees working with children were routinely sacked from their jobs if their sexual orientation became known.

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased tenfold since the Duma voted last year to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

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'Trotskyism' in Wonderland: 'Workers Power' and Ukraine

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Dale Street

Events in Ukraine in 2014 divided the left in Britain, just as they divided the left internationally.

In Britain one the organisations most vociferous in arguing that the Maidan protests were dominated by fascists, culminated in a fascist-led coup, and then triggered a genocidal civil war against the forces of the anti-fascist resistance was Workers Power (WP).

A review of the literature on Ukraine produced by Workers Power, the British left group which has apologised most prolifically for Russian nationalism and imperialism.

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Russian fascism on the march

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Dale Street

On 4 November fascists and other ultra-nationalists marked the Day of Popular Unity by staging a series of demonstrations and rallies in Russia cities.

The Day of Popular Unity is an official public holiday which commemorates the 1612 liberation of Moscow from Polish occupation. The holiday was celebrated under the Tsars, scrapped by the Bolsheviks in 1917, and reinstituted by Putin in 2005.

Demonstrations of fascists and ultra-nationalists took place across Russia on 4 November.

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Anti-Islamophobia, genuine and cynical: a reply to Aaron Kiely on Kurdistan (and Bosnia and Kosova and Afghanistan and Chechnya)

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Sacha Ismail

During the recent row in the student movement about Kurdistan, five members of NUS national executive who are active in NUS’s Black Students’ Campaign issued a statement.

The Socialist Action group claim to defend Muslim peoples against imperialist violence. In fact they support such violence, as long as it is wielded by forces that are anti-US.

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Democracy in Donetsk?

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Dale Street

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" (DPR) has published a list of the organisations which will not be allowed to participate in the DPR elections on 2 November.

Pavel Gubarev’s "Novorossiya" is among those excluded, although Gubarev is the former "People’s Governor of Donetsk Region" and a regular of Moscow’s television studios.

According to Roman Lyagin, head of the CEC:

The Central Election Commission of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" has published a list of the organisations which will not be allowed to participate in the DPR elections on 2 November.

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TUC silence on Russian aggression is nothing new

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Eric Lee

In an otherwise excellent piece on the TUC’s passing of an idiotic resolution on Ukraine, Dale Street writes that “for the first time since the Second World War the territory of a European country has been seized by that of a neighbouring big power.”

That doesn’t sound right — and it isn’t.

In fact there have been several occasions since 1945 when European countries have been the victims of aggression by neighbouring big powers.

As post-Soviet Russia reverts to the traditional forms of imperialist expansion in eastern Ukraine, you would think that the left would have no hesitation about condemning that aggression.

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The flood of Putin's lies

The following is an extract from an interview by the Russian Socialist Movement with Dmitry Kozhnev, a former engineer and trade union activist in Kaluga (Russia) and member of the Workers’ Platform of the RSM.


The conditions under which trade union activity takes place (in Russia) have changed in recent months. Anybody who wants to now tries to cover up their dirty little games with “patriotic” rhetoric.

An interview with Russian socialist and trade union activist Dmitry Kozhnev.

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