USSR

Soviet Union, China and other Stalinisms - reading guide

Further reading guide about "state socialist" countries. Unlike many books on Stalinist societies, these texts emphasise struggles from below:

The Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita cover

The devil comes to destroy the USSR, and only a writer and his lover can stop him.

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

In a country constructed of glass, under complete surveillance and devoid of individuality, D-503 discovers he has a soul and is now in danger.

Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov

A scientist implants the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man into a stray dog, creating a monster. A damning critique of the New Soviet man and the Leninist program, written in 1925 it remained unpublished until 1987.

Omon Ra - Victor Pelevin

Omon Krivomazov has always wanted to be an astronaut but not everything is as it seems in the USSR's space program; cosmonauting dead dogs, bikes on the moon and no way out but up.

The soviets: their origin, development and functions - Andreu Nin

An essay on the Soviets published in 1932 by the co-founder of the Spanish POUM, sympathetic to Lenin and critical of the “profound errors committed, after the death of Lenin, by the leadership of the Communist Party”, that characterizes the Soviets as “a system of government that is infinitely more democratic than the freest bourgeois republic”.

Joe building: The Stalin memorial lecture - Jonathan Meades

Sketch of the proposed Stalinist Skyscraper

A sequel of sorts to Jerry Building this time examining Stalin and the Soviet Union.

On the anniversary of the so-called "Velvet revolution" in Czechoslovakia1989

The following contribution of the Class War Group is neither a chronology of events in Czechoslovakia, 1989, nor a description of them. It is an attempt at a general analysis of the so-called Velvet “Revolution”, which would classify it in the perspective of class struggle, the only perspective, which can provide it with a meaningful context and a meaningful explanation.

Some reminiscences of Kropotkin - Alexander Berkman

Some personal notes by Russian-American anarchist Alexander Berkman on the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Bolsheviks shooting anarchists - Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman

Letter from Emma Goldman and Alex Berkman written to warn workers of the persecution of revolutionaries in Russia by the Bolsheviks, originally published in Freedom in 1922.