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1919 - Hands Off Russia!

Submitted by Janine on 15 April, 2019 - 2:45 Author: Janine Booth
Troops in the Allied assault on Russia, 1919

The British left hailed the Russian revolution in 1917.

On 18 January 1919 in London, a mass meeting launched the ‘Hands Off Russia’ campaign to oppose British military intervention in support of the White armies’ attack on Bolshevik Russia. The campaign’s National Committee brought together the scattered sections of the British left: the British Socialist Party, Independent Labour Party, Workers’ Socialist Federation and Socialist Labour Party.

Cool on Trump, hot against liberals

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 10:45 Author: Colin Foster
Trump and Putin

On 4 January, US president Donald Trump, in a rambling speech at a meeting of his cabinet, praised the USSR invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. “The reason Russia was in, in Afghanistan, was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there”.

Trump’s bluster, Assad’s strength

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 9:24 Author: Simon Nelson
al-Bashir and Assad

On 19 December, US president Donald Trump announced a snap decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. At first he said the troops would be out within 30 days, but now it looks like several months at least. The plan is now conditional on assurances from Turkey regarding the safety of the Kurds in Northern Syria.

Putin’s Thiefdom

Submitted by cathy n on 14 November, 2018 - 7:08 Author: By Barrie Hardy

Russian president Vladimir Putin's personal fortune is estimated at $40 billion, making him one of the richest men in Europe.

He owns vast holdings in three Russian oil companies which are concealed behind a vast network of offshore companies. The level of corruption over which he presides accounts for an enormous amount of Russia's GDP - putting half of the economy in the hands of various shades of criminal enterprise.

EU left refuses to condemn Russian abuse

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 11:52 Author: Dale Street
Oleg Sentsov

On 14 June the left bloc in the European Parliament voted against a motion demanding Russia release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 70 other Ukrainian political prisoners.

It was official policy of the left bloc, GEU/NGL, to vote against the motion. Only six members of the 52-strong faction rebelled: five by voting for, and one by abstaining. The GUE/NGL has not issued a statement explaining its opposition to the motion.

485 MEPs voted for the motion. 76 voted against. And 66 abstained.

The Morning Star on the Douma massacre, Russia, and Israel

Submitted by martin on 10 April, 2018 - 3:38 Author: Martin Thomas

The Morning Star's editorial of 10 April 2018 shows how perception of world affairs can be skewed by the Star's fixed insistence on seeing Russia (even way-post-USSR, blatantly capitalist Russia) as the good guy, and Israel as the world's prime source of evil.

Israel did a bombing raid against Assad on 8 April after the Douma massacre of 6 April, says the Star... as a ploy to divert attention from the killings in Gaza.

Russian socialists slam Putin's fake poll

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 5:49 Author: Dale Street
RSM

Vladimir Putin was re-elected Russian President in the election held in mid-March.

He secured 77% of the vote on a 68% turnout. Sections of the Russian left called for a boycott of the election and were right to do so.

Under the Russian constitution a President cannot serve more than two consecutive terms of office. On standing down in 2008 Putin served for four years as Prime Minister to President Dmitry Medvedev. In reality, he continued to be the decisive source of power in the country.

Stop the Turkish assault on Afrin!

Submitted by SJW on 25 January, 2018 - 12:39 Author: Simon Nelson

Turkey’s incursion and bombing campaign in Kurdish controlled area of Afrin is a worrying escalation in a prolonged stand-off on the Syrian border.

Erdogan’s hostility to the expanding territory now under the control of Kurdish forces has been held back by the support of both Russia and the US for the Kurdish forces. But as relations have thawed between Turkey and Russia, the dynamic has changed.

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