Category: Soviet Union

  • Lenin’s struggle against bureaucracy

    Lenin’s struggle against bureaucracy

    Today, 4 January 2023, marks the centenary of Lenin’s dictation of his postscript to his ‘Letter to the Congress’, also known as his ‘Testament’. In it, Lenin took up the struggle against the bureaucratisation of the Soviet state, which was threatening to derail all the gains of the revolution. Suppressed for decades by Stalin, this Testament…

  • Women before, during and after the Russian Revolution

    Women before, during and after the Russian Revolution

    The history of Bolshevism from the very early days right up to the Russian revolution contains a wealth of lessons on how it is the class struggle that provides the final answer to the women’s question. In this article Marie Frederiksen looks at the approach of the Bolshevik Party to the women’s question from its…

  • Top 10 lies about the Bolshevik Revolution

    Top 10 lies about the Bolshevik Revolution

    No other event in human history has been the subject of more distortions, falsehoods and fabrications the Russian Revolution. We publish here Alex Grant’s complete list of the 10 biggest downright lies about the Bolsheviks and October… Those witnessing the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn by the British press have got a flavour of the bile…

  • What the Russian Revolution achieved and why it degenerated

    What the Russian Revolution achieved and why it degenerated

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. The apologists of capitalism, and their faithful echoes in the labour movement, try to comfort themselves with the thought that the collapse of the USSR signified the demise of socialism. But what failed in Russia was not socialism but a caricature of socialism. Contrary to…

  • The Russian Revolution: The meaning of October

    The Russian Revolution: The meaning of October

    Today is the 99th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event which altered the entire course of human history. For the first time – if we exclude the brief but glorious episode of the Paris Commune – the working people took power into their own hands and began the gigantic task of the socialist re-construction…

  • 70 years since the Battle of Stalingrad – How the Soviet Union defeated the Nazis

    70 years since the Battle of Stalingrad – How the Soviet Union defeated the Nazis

    Saturday 2nd February marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, with the surrender of German troops, a key turning point in the Second World War, where about 800,000 German and Axis troops were either killed or captured, including the entire German Sixth Army and its commander-in-chief – a shattering blow…