The joke goes like this: “Breaking news: Vladimir Churov, head of the central elections commission of Russia has been badly injured in a fire. He sustained burns over 146% of his body.”
Demonstrators took to the streets in cities throughout Russia on 10 December as the latest stage in the campaign against ballot-rigging in the parliamentary elections.
Vladimir Putin’s ruling party is pushing a bill which would severely curtail freedom of speech and assembly for LGBT people in Russia.
Dave Osler compares a recent visit to Russia with his first in 1989.
The first time I visited Russia, it was still the core of the experiment that will go down in history as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
- "Yeltsin's dirty war in Chechenia" by Dale Street
- "80,000 new Labour Party members: where are they?" by Colin Foster
An assessment of the leading thinker of post-Trotsky "orthodox Trotskyism", the "Fourth International".
Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. Joseph Stalin
In Britain genealogists can be found in your local library. In Russia they can end up behind bars. This was one of the many illuminating and worrying facts in John Sweeney’s brave but flawed documentary (Stalin’s back? BBC2, 2 December) about the way Stalin’s reputation is being rehabilitated by the current Russian regime.
Anyone who believes that the Stalinists who run the Morning Star have repented might want to read their review of Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky (2 December).