Category: Russia

Guest Author: The Moscow Massacre: Terrorism The Major Winner, Humanity The Big Loser

Known only by name to the Russian hierarchy, the gas spewed into Moscow’s theatre on Ulitsa Melnikova killed 50-odd Chechens and accounts for 116 of the 118 hostage deaths. Another 600-odd hostages remain hospitalized, 45 critically ill, yet the chorus from President Bush and his anti-terrorism alliance is one congratulating Vladimir Putin for an “impressive Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: An Attack Against Society

After special forces commandos stormed the Theater Na Dubrovke early Saturday morning, the authorities proclaimed the operation a complete success. They first announced that the enemy had been destroyed with no losses among the hostages or special forces. Then they mentioned 30 dead. By midday on Saturday the death toll had reached 67, and in Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russia – the View from the West

There are times when the image of Russia in the Western press calls to mind the consciousness of a schizophrenic. On the one hand, we are told that everything is fine; on the other, that everything is catastrophic. Periods of euphoria alternate with others of depression. On one day, Russia is a country cheerfully overcoming Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: German Luck

It looks as though everyone lost. Or almost everyone. The German elections have come and gone. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his coalition, headed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), are the formal victors. But despite the traditional optimistic announcements, there is confusion in the winning camp. And, for that matter, among the losers. What has Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Relatives Of The Aggressors

In the May 13, 2002 issue of “Newsweek” there is an article by Martha Brant and Weston Kosova on Barbara Bush. The title of the article is: “The Queen Mother.” Summarizing the information on Barbara Bush offered in the article we learn that: – “She’s the person in the family who keeps them up to Read more…

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Michael Albert: Goodbye Soviets?

The dissolution of the Soviet Union has been a severe psychic loss for many leftists. Why? The end of Soviet power has increased U.S. military dominance. There is a grave possibility of famine. Even without a new coup, Yeltsin and/or his counterparts in other republics could become dictators. And the possibility of widespread racial and Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russia in Search of an Opposition: the Dilemma of Zyuganov

Marching through the streets and squares of Russia in ritual May Day demonstrations, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) is again becoming part of everyday life. Losing its hold over the committees in the State Duma, the party was outraged and humiliated by the “centrists” at the instigation of the president. Most analysts Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russian Riot Helps Enlighten the Leadership

Last week workers set out to defend their rights in two places: Italy, and the city of Voronezh in central European Russia. In their significance for Russia, the disorders in Voronezh were comparable to the impact the general strike had on Italy. The protests in Italy were without precedent. First came a demonstration by three Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Roots of Anti-Americanism

Public opinion polls show that anti-American sentiment in Russia has reached a level not seen since the days of the Cold War. This hostility is not the product of a political confrontation, as was the case during the Soviet era, or of a diplomatic standoff, as happened on Yevgeny Primakov’s watch as prime minister. Paradoxically, Read more…

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