News and Analysis: Russia
Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, analyzes U.S. military strategy on RT and President Obama's "pivot toward Asia," which marks an escalation of military assertiveness by the Pentagon against China and Russia.
While a cold front that started Aug. 19 has ended the two-month heat wave in Russia, the heat had caused wildfires to rage through a region east of Moscow, and the city itself was covered in smog that caused a severe health crisis.
On April 8, Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague. In his speech at the signing, President Obama projected a sentiment of good will toward the peoples of the world and called for an end to nuclear aggression--at the same time making it clear to Iran and North Korea that they continue to be in the nuclear crosshairs of the United States.
As the capitalist press celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, residents of Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries lamented the social and economic hardships resulting from the traumatic transition to capitalism.
When the majority of workers, peasants and soldiers took over state power, for the first time in the history of class society a country was not controlled by a tiny group of monarchists, capitalists or other exploiting class.
According to an Oct. 5 United Nations report, Russia's population has fallen by 6.6 million people since 1993. It is predicted that by 2025, the population of Russia could fall by as much as 11 million people.
Lenin and the Bolshevik Party did something that had never been done before in history. They helped lead the first successful socialist revolution. The Russian Revolution inspired the world’s oppressed masses and helped change the world relationship of forces.
The article below was first published in Socialism and Liberation in April 2005. The 1917 Russian Revolution was the first time in history that the working class seized and held power, organizing a workers state in the interest of the vast majority of toilers rather than a rich minority elite.