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9 October 2019
On 1 October 1949 the leader of the Stalinist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Mao Zedong, declared the formation of the People's Republic of China.
6 March 2019
Ninety years ago this January, Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin and his increasingly powerful bureaucracy gave the command.
25 October 2017
Film - The Death of Stalin: Fans of The Thick of It's lampooning of New Labour will notice parallels. The Stalinists, like the Blairites, are egotistical buffoons, completely isolated from the working class
18 October 2017
The October revolution showed countless millions that workers have the power to stop exploitation and oppression. It's no surprise these events inspired marvellous documentary and artistic works. The Socialist revisits some of the classic accounts of 1917 - and comments on some more recent efforts to smear it...
26 July 2017
Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state
6 July 2017
When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act
1 March 2017
The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role
22 February 2017
The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year
15 February 2017
Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!
8 February 2017
The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.
8 February 2017
Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.
11 January 2017
Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.
28 September 2016
This month marks the 80th anniversary of what has gone down in history as the Battle of Cable Street. On 4 October 1936 thousands of workers across the East End of London rose up to prevent a march through their areas by the uniformed thugs of Oswald Mosley's fascists.
27 September 2016
Review by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe of "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky", published in the latest issue of Socialism Today.
11 August 2016
Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.
28 June 2016
The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...
24 February 2016
60 years ago, at the 20th conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956, first secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced the dictatorial crimes of Joseph Stalin who had died in 1953.
2 September 2015
100 years ago, during the carnage of World War One, a small number of socialist delegates assembled at an anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland.
27 May 2015
Commemorations marking the 70th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day recently took place in Britain (and throughout the world) with establishment dignitaries saluting veteran service men and women who liberated Europe from the clutches of fascism
30 October 2014
October 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Russian writer Boris Pilnyak. Andy Ford writes on Pilnyak's life and works
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