Russian revolution

Living in the shadow of Stalinism - Donald Parkinson

Communists today must grapple with the difficult realities of the USSR, a society where capitalism didn’t operate but working class rule was liquidated.

Russia and Ukraine: history called up on national service

Flag showing Stalin

The Russian and Ukrainian elites are mobilising, and misrepresenting, history, to justify each side of the ruinous military conflict in eastern Ukraine

The Russian Enigma - Ante Ciliga

Ante Ciliga

Originally written in 1936-37 and published in Paris, 1938 under the title "Au Pays du Grand Mensonge". The first part of his account of his time in the Soviet Union, The Russian Enigma, was distributed by the Labour Book Service in 1940, and the complete text was published under the same title by Ink Links in 1979.

Russian anarchists in the labour movement in the early 20th century - Anatoly Dubovik

Flax factory Kulotino 1905

In Soviet historiography, the social basis of Russian anarchism was routinely ascribed to the petite-bourgeoisie. This legend has persisted into the post-Soviet period, despite a lack of empirical evidence. Using the database he has painstakingly constructed over many years, the Ukrainian researcher Anatoly Dubovik seeks to deal with this question scientifically by means of a statistical analysis.

Rybin, Peter, 1885-1921

Peter is second from left, pictured in November 1920

Historical information about Peter Rybin, a Russian anarcho-syndicalist who joined the revolutionary Ukrainian Makhnovist army and was also active in the US, gleaned largely from his Soviet secret police file and focusing on his final months before he was sadly executed.

Conquered city - Victor Serge

Victor Serge's novel about the early days of the Bolshevik regime, written in 1932 in France after being expelled from the Soviet Union and part biographical.

Flame on the Snow - Victor Serge

A short story about the events of the Russian Revolution, written between 1920-21. Serge would write a more extensive novelization of this period in Conquered City.

Democratic centralism, the Workers Opposition, clandestine opposition movements, the crisis in the party, Kronstadt and the end of the revolutionary period in Russia - Michel Olivier

A short essay on the left opposition in the Bolshevik Party in Russia from 1919 to 1927, focusing mostly on the Democratic Centralists and the Workers Opposition.

State capitalism: the wages system under new management - Adam Buick & John Crump

Adam Buick and John Crump's book critiquing the post-revolutionary Russian and Chinese economies as state capitalist.

The Russian Revolution's influence on Greek labor - V.N. Gelis

How the Russian Revolution influenced and gave rise to communist ideals in the Greek labour movement and the rise of the KKE-Greek Communist Party.