Trump, Putin and the CIA Matthew Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:05

The CIA’s report to US senators — that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to help the election of Donald Trump — is extraordinary. That’s not just because of the fact that Russia seemingly interfered in an election in the world’s most powerful country, but also because the US intelligence agency chose to make it public.

National Union of Mineworkers stands in solidarity with Ukrainian workers against imperialisms east and west AWL Sun, 11/29/2015 - 14:57

The National Union of Mineworkers in Britain recently affiliated to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (USC), a network building support for independent unions in Ukraine struggle against both Russian imperialism and EU/IMF-driven austerity. We reprint below their statement in response to criticisms of this stance, republished with permission from the USC website. Following this is a message to the NUM from Sergey Yunak, President of Ukrainian miners' union PRUP.

The Left Opposition that is not left AWL Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:18

The Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) has teamed up with the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine (PSPU) and a dozen smaller organisations to create the Left Opposition, “an alliance of left and centre-left parties and social organisations”.

In fact, there is nothing remotely left-wing about the Left Opposition and its constituent elements.

The CPU is a conservative Russian-nationalist party. It has no links with the organised labour movement.

Its press has overtly racist articles.

Ukrainian left fights for workers' interests Matthew Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:27

Andrej from the Ukrainian Left Opposition (LO) spoke to Solidarity.

The LO was created in 2011, after a split in a broader group which included Stalinists. LO aims to unite Marxist workers and intellectuals. (The Stalinists are now grouped in Borotba). From then our priority has been to find connections.

Solidarity with Ukrainian workers AWL Wed, 06/17/2015 - 00:26
300 Ukrainian LGBT activists march and defy far-right's threats cathy n Sun, 06/07/2015 - 14:09

300 LGBT activists and their supporters took part in a March for Equality in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last Saturday (6th June) despite threats by the ‘Right Sector’ organisation to drive them off the streets.

It was the fourth attempt in successive years to stage such a demonstration.

The 2012 March for Equality was abandoned when 3,000 protestors turned up to prevent it from going ahead. (Ukraine was one of the first post-Soviet countries to decriminalise homosexuality, in 1991. But popular anti-LGBT prejudices remain widespread.)

NUM connects with Ukrainian miners AWL Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:20

Britain’s National Union of Mineworkers has recently sent two delegations to meet miner trade unionists in Ukraine.

One was to an all-Ukraine miners’ union congress in Kyiv on 21 April, the other to a meeting with West Donbas union leaders on 28 March.

The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign here comments that this sets “an example to our trade union movement in providing real solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Ukrainian labour movement”.

NUM secretary Chris Kitchen has written to the TUC:

A critique of the Boris Kagarlitsky, the "Red Putinist" AWL Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:02
Ukranian miners' leader speaks AWL Thu, 03/12/2015 - 19:59

Yuri Samoylov, Chairperson of the NGPU (Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine) addressed a meeting in the House of Commons via Skype.

The meeting was organised by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, a network working to raise awareness of Ukrainian workers' struggles and build support for the Ukrainian labour movement in its struggles against both imperialist domination (whether by Russia or the west) and local capitalists.

For more information, see the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign website here.

Death of a troublesome neo-liberal cathy n Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:19

Exactly a year to the day after Putin commenced his annexation of the Crimea, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered in Moscow on 27th February.

Nemtsov was certainly no critic of Putin from the left.

In the early 1990s he had been Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. He pursued aggressive neo-liberal and privatisation policies, winning the admiration of Margaret Thatcher when she visited the region in 1993.