Bolsheviks

Radek on the “Defeat” of Brest-Litovsk

With this translation we begin the second volume of our series of translations from the review Kommunist, using the French version published by the Collectif d’édition smolny (www.collectif-smolny.org). As many will know the review Kommunist was the brainchild of the “proletarian communists”, or “left communists” as Lenin dubbed them, inside the Bolshevik Party in the spring of 1918. The original issue around which they were formed was opposition to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (March 1918) but as readers of our earlier translations will know they also highlighted their disquiet with certain developments inside Russia.

Soziale Befreiung - Writings on the Russian Revolution (1917-1921)

Soziale Befreiung
Für die revolutionäre Selbstaufhebung des Proletariats!
For the revolutionary self-abolition of the proletariat!

Schriften zur russischen Revolution (1917-1921)
Writings on the Russian Revolution (1917-1921)

Two Articles from Kommunist (April 1918)

With the publication of these two articles we are completing our translation of the first issue of Kommunist, the journal of the “proletarian communists” or left communist faction of the Bolshevik Party in the Spring of 1918. We have already published articles by Radek, Bukharin and Ossinsky in our last three issues and all can be found on our website. Here we turn our attention to a final review by Bukharin, and an economic analysis of the state of the Russian Revolution in April 1918 by one of the least well-known of the Kommunist contributors.

The Bolsheviks come to power - Alexander Rabinowitch

The Bolsheviks Come to Power is one of the most important histories of the Russian Revolution to challenge the mainstream narratives.

Review – Anarchist Encounters: Russia In Revolution

A must read for anyone who really wants to understand the Russian Revolution, and whose enquiring minds are not deterred by Leninist orthodoxy.

Down with the Death Penalty - Julius Martov

Julius Martov's denunciations of Bolsheviks use of capital punishment in contrast to their earlier campaigns against the death penalty when they were in opposition.

Notes on Early Soviet Attitudes to Homosexuality

Fragments of information concerning the attitudes of the Bolshevik government in its early years to homosexuality.

Theses on Bolshevism - Rudolf Sprenger

Rudolf Sprenger's 1934 critique of the Bolsheviks and their role in the 1917 Russian Revolution, arguing they were ultimately a movement of bourgeois revolution in a predominantly peasant country and therefore not only unserviceable as a revolutionary practice for the international working class, but also one of its heaviest and most dangerous impediments.

The Russian Revolution 100 Years On: Newcastle Meeting of the CWO

1917

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Communist Workers' Organisation has participated in a number of meetings to commemorate this. On 18 November the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle to discuss its legacy, the revolutionary events of 1917-1918 as well as the process of degeneration. The following document – The Russian Revolution: From Workers’ Inspiration to Proletarian Tragedy – served as the basis of the presentation and was followed by a discussion.

Bolshevik repression against anarchists in Vologda

Passage Hotel

A short account of the Bolshevik repression against the anarchist movement in Vologda in the years immediately after the Russian Revolution of 1917