John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

A Ukraine crisis reader

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This collection of articles was compiled to encourage reading around and discussion on the crisis in Ukraine and does not purport to give a position for the IS Network. Following the US Labor Against War reader this selection does not aim to represent all positions and there is a discernible slant.

 

Statements/Campaigns

 

Ukraine: Activist Perspective (after Maidan)


Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity


The slogan of the moment: protecting lives, denazification, general strike Left Opposition

 

To citizens of Ukraine and the world: No war in Ukraine! Oleg Yasinsky

 

Darkness in May. A socialist eye-witness in Odessa Sergei from Odessa

 

Autonomous Workers Union statement on Odessa tragedy

For an independent social movement! For a free Ukraine! Left Opposition

Against the regime in Kyiv and the junta in the East! AWU-Kyiv statement on the conflict in the Eastern regions

 

The tragedy of Odessa Suhail Ilyas

Russia has annexed Crimea and the Kiev government surrenders to the IMF IWL-FI


Popular movement and imperialisms Fourth International Bureau

 

Hands off the Crimean Tatar

 

Stop the War in Ukraine! Antiwar appeal of Left forces in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

 

British campaign launched to support Ukrainian workers

 

Early day motion 137: Justice for the Kryvyi Rih miners

 

Statement of the 19th January Committee regarding the situation in Ukraine (19th January Committee is a Russian anti-fascist initiative founded to unite different groups to fight the nationalist threat. Their activity amongst others is organizing annual memorial events on 19th January, the anniversary of Stanislav Markielov and Anastasia Baburova's murders)

 

 

Comment/Analysis

 

Ukraine's Fractures (interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko) New Left Review/Commons Journal

 

Economics and politics of an escalating war Marko Bojcun

 

Boeing777: Between "Yes" and "No" Ilya Budraitskis


Russian White Guards in the Donbass Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski


The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements CrimethInc

 

Ukraine's separatists and their dubious leaders Searchlight

 

War clouds over Ukraine Alex Chklovski

Only the workers movement can stop the flaring up of war in Ukraine Zakhar Popovych

No-one wants to die: After Odessa, “remaining human” as a political programme Ilya Budraitskis

 

“For Ukrainians, as for any other people in the world, the main threat is capitalism” Volodymyr Ishchenko

Presidential Elections in Ukraine will usher in direct rule of oligarchs Volodymyr Ishchenko

 

To build the home called solidarity: an interview with Vitaly Dudin

 

What compromises are we prepared to make to save lives in the Donbas? Zakhar Popvych

 

Eastern Ukraine: Popular Uprising, Conspiracy, or Civil War? OpenLeft

 

Ukrainian Contradictions Louis Proyect

 

Crisis in Ukraine: a New Politics pamphlet Joanne Landy, Kevin Anderson, Sean Larson

 

Ukraine: popular uprising in the shadow of Putin's Russia Kevin Anderson

 

Ukraine, Coup or Revoluion? Richard Greeman

 

Ukraine's spiraling crisis David Finkel

 

Russia and fascism: when the thief cries "stop thief!" Ondřej Mrázek

Report from a visit to Kyiv in April 2014

 

'Libertarian in spirit': the left and maidan Kirill Buketov

 

Friends of the Imaginary People Ivan Ovsyannikov

 

Blood on their hands Disillusioned Marxist


Maidan and its contradictions Denis, AWU Kyiv

The Donetsk revolt and "the people's governor - commander Pavel Gubarov" JV Koshiw

International Socialists and Ukraine Victor Haynes/JV Koshiw

Anarchism in the context of civil war Antti Rautiainen

Behind the Masks in Ukraine, Many Faces of Rebellion C.J. Chivers and Noah Snieder

The death toll in Ukraine conflict has nearly doubled to 2,086 in 2 weeks, UN says Global Post

Crimean Tatar leader expects tensions to rise Interview with Mustafa Dzhemilev

Ukrainians form militias to defend nation from chaos Mark Rachkevych

Eastern Ukraine: beyond the fragments People and Nature

Eastern Ukraine is on the cusp of descending into brutal street warfare Harriet Salem

Bloody assault in Mariupol dashes hopes of avoiding civil war Kim Sengupta

'King Coal' and the future of the Ukrainian Donbas David Marples

Miners in eastern Ukraine refute press in Russia, US John Studer

Silent suffering for Donetsk critics of 'Kafka-esque' poll Daniel McLaughlin

UN refugee agency says at least 10,000 have fled Ukraine crisis AFP

Lurching towards civil war Tony Wood

Look far right, and look right again Anton Shekhovtsov

Ukraine - No side but that of the working class Nick Wrack

Barbarism with a human face Slavoj Žižek

The unknown revolution, 1917-1921 Volin

The Ukraine Lenin

Introduction to Ivan Maistrenko’s “Borot’bism” Chris Ford

A Bolshevik Party with a National Face: Being Ukrainian among Communists Olena Palko

 

Media

 

Photos from Odessa clashes and House of Trade Unions arson

Odessa 5/02: the untold truth of Kulikov Field (warning graphic)

Livestream of Odessa clashes, 2nd May

Livejournal on the role of the Odessa police on the 2nd May in enabling both factions


Power and Conflict in Ukraine Marko Bojcun & Gabriel Levy


Zakhar Popovych of the Ukrainian Left Opposition speaks in Glasgow


Zakhar Popovych on the Ukrainian Crisis (House of Commons)


Volodymyr Ishchenko on the Ukrainian Crisis (House of Commons)


Chris Ford on the Crisis in Ukraine (ISN meeting)


Zakhar Popovych on the Crisis in Ukraine (ISN Meeting)


Presidential Elections in Ukraine will usher in the direct rule of Oligarchs - Volodymyr Ishchenko (Real News)

Ukrainian government criminalizing support for rebellions in the East - Volodymyr Ishchenko (Real News)

What's 'Left' in Ukraine? A discussion at Kisüzem in Budapest, Hungary (audio)