The longstanding policy of the bourgeois government of Ukraine, as well as the global economic crisis, have created intolerable living conditions for the majority of its citizens.

During the last half of the Yanukovych regime, a significant part of the solution to the economic problems was promised through European integration. The sudden abandonment of the announced plans provoked widespread discontent and actions. The process was classless and largely spontaneous. A nationalist movement was used by the liberal opposition as the street strike force, and thereafter the nature of the protest acquired anti-communist or even fascist traits.

The new government resorts to the power of force exactly as did the Yanukovych bureaucracy, unable to meet the needs of people and solve their urgent problems. Western and Russian imperialism do not feel any real sympathy for the people of Ukraine, and only take advantage of the situation in their favor. That is, attempt to gain financial benefit , and — in the case of the West — to create chaos on the borders of Russia. All these forces are interested in living off the people and will do it secretly or openly.

Anti-communist and anti-Russian hysteria, the abuse of our common Soviet past, are the main features of the emerging nationalist state now. Information concerning the pogroms on the headquarters of the Communist and leftist parties , the beatings of ordinary communists and labor activists , and the demolition of monuments to Lenin clearly show that the fascist backlash that we previously observed in the Baltic States and Europe, have already overwhelmed brotherly Ukraine. 

We, the undersigned leftists, communists, and anarchists of Russia, declare our protest and demand an end to the persecution of our comrades! We invite all citizens of Ukraine, using any available resources, to immediately express their distrust of the deputies of the Ukrainian Parliament, organize the community and the workforce to create self-defense groups, local governments and reliable mechanisms of popular will. We call upon the citizens of Russia to be ready to take a direct part in helping the Ukrainian people, to contact the Anti-Fascist headquarters in assistance to Ukraine.

We urge the communist and leftist parties and anti-fascist organizations around the world to put pressure on their governments to prevent the establishment of a fascist regime in Ukraine.

Workers of all countries, unite!

Statement Signed By:
Interregional Association of Communists
Moscow City Communist union
Russian Communist Workers’ Party , the Communist Party ( CPSU - EIF )
Working Foundation Academy 
Revolutionary Workers Party
Movement Communards
The New Left
Communist Youth Union
Left Front
Revolutionary Communist Youth League
The Other Russia
Individual Action (social revolutionary )
Institute of Globalization and Social Movements
The initiative group for the referendum “for the responsibility of government ” (IGPR CALL )
Vanguard of Red Youth - Labor Russia
( AKM -TR ) ( partial support)
Institute of Innovation Development
Fund ” The new political system “
"Kolomna bush"
All-Russian Communist Party ( Bolshevik ) ( VKP (b) )
Pravda.Info
Red TV

Thanks to Andy Taylor

At the barricades: Defenders of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow before Yeltsin’s assault, October 1993.

This year marks 20 years since the tragic events of October 1993, when the Supreme Soviet in Moscow was shelled by Yeltsin’s shock troops and many defenders of socialism were killed. 

“Rot Front” is organizing a series of commemorative actions in these days of mourning. 

 Moscow:  

The action will take place on 3 October, 18.00 to 20.00 on Druzhinnikovskaya Street.  

The following organizations will participate: ROT FRONT, EIF, the Communist Party, Komsomol (b), “The Other Russia”, “Working Russia”, “Autonomous Action”, “Kolomna Bush” IGSM. 

At the end of the meeting the participants will lay flowers at the memorial to the fallen defenders of the Supreme Soviet.

Leningrad (“St. Petersburg”):

3 October at 18:00 on Nevsky Prospekt, starting from the Revolution Square

 "Prospectus Black October" - activists lined up along the  main street with portraits of young men and women, defending  the legitimate authority and killed by supporters of Yeltsin. 

4 October at 18:00 in the Campus Martius, a memorial service will be held with the participation of  political parties (EIF, the Left Front, etc.), social organizations and  militant trade unions.

"Victor Anpilov Speaks: The Red Flag Will Fly Again," based on interviews conducted by Bill Dores, Workers World Party, 1996.

View or download the pamphlet in PDF format here

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"This is a collection of excerpts from speeches and interviews by Viktor Ivanooich Anpilov, secretary of the central committee of the Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP) and leader of Labor Russia. 

"As a Soviet TV Correspondent in Cuba and Nicaragua in the 1980s, Viktor Anpilov saw firsthand the suffering inflicted on the people of Latin America by U.S. capitalist domination. 

"In 1990, outraged by the pain that Mikhail Gorbachev’s capitalist economic reforms were causing the Soviet people, Anpilov resigned from state television to edit the anti-perestroika newspaper Molnya, now the organ of the RKRP’s central committee.

"In 1991 he helped found the RKRP, which attracted to its banner rand-and file Communists who refused to accept the banning of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). 

"In May 1993, after leading a militant demonstration on International Workers Day, he was kidnapped and beaten by a fascist police goon squad. In October 1993, he played a leading role in the defense of Russia’s elected parliament, for which he was imprisoned by the Yeltsin regime.

"In February 1994 mass pressure forced Russia’s new parliament to free Anpilov and other imprísoned opposition leaders. Anpilov is among the best-known and most eloquent representatives of the growing movement to restore socialism and the Soviet Union."

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Leningrad (“St. Petersburg”), Russia: Lenin’s birthday marked

On April 22, 2014, the birthday of the leader of the proletariat was marked by communists worldwide. In Leningrad, a rally was organized by the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (RKRP) at Lenin Square and was attended by members of the Red Front, the militant trade unions MPRA and Protection, as well as the Komsomol (b). Red carnations were laid at the monument in a sign of respect to the memory and genius of Vladimir Lenin.

The rally was not merely about remembering. Speakers primarily paid attention to the critical issues of today: the events in Ukraine, Russia’s economic problems, and the state of monuments to Lenin in Leningrad. 

Via Komsomol (b)

On Moscow May Day 2013 and the LGBT Movement in Russia

According to the ROT Front report (link here, in Russian), there was a heated dispute prior to and during the Left-revolutionary Moscow May Day march (alternative to the tamer march led by the KPRF) over whether LGBT activists should be allowed to carry rainbow flags. 

ROT Front (which is led by the Russian Communist Workers Party, RKRP) and others in the coalition rejected this on the basis that only red flags should be flown on a day meant to represent the united struggle of all workers. This policy was initially instituted to keep right-wing nationalist flags out of the march. But there is an undercurrent in the comments that also points to hostility from some groups to any LGBT participation.

Here in the U.S., of course, most communists would be DELIGHTED to see rainbow flags and red flags flying together – and there was some of that on May Day here in NYC, and probably other places too. My organization, for one, believes it is very important to express the diversity as well as the unity of the working class on May Day and every other opportunity – queer and straight, Black, Latin, Asian, Arab, First Nations and white, women, men and other-gendered, etc.

So to me, it was a bit shocking and disappointing to read this coming from ROT Front, one of the best of the left movements in Russia.

It’s important to make a couple of contextual points though: 

First, many LGBT forces seen as opposing the Putin regime are tied to Western NGOs that have ulterior motives, work against the influence of the genuine revolutionary left and in support of pro-imperialist politics (the Islamophobic FEMEN is a similar example).

Based on the attempted intervention by these forces on May Day, at least as ROT Front describes it, it seems quite likely that we are talking about a group with this sort of orientation: The proposal to carry rainbow flags in the march was last-minute; a group called GDC issued a statement threatening to disrupt the march; and at the march, some did indeed try to disrupt speakers or enter contingents where they we clearly unwelcome. 

It’s likely viewed as an even more provocative, imperialist-inspired act than those of us in the West can imagine, given that May Day is viewed by the left (both reformist and revolutionary) as the time to raise the banner of the Soviet Union in opposition to the capitalist counter-revolution that has destroyed so many lives over the last 20 years. 

Unfortunately, this creates a very difficult situation for genuine anti-imperialist and communist LGBT forces in Russia, who not only have to combat homophobia and transphobia, but the perception of others in the movement that people who identify as queer represent imperialism. 

It is also clear that there is MUCH work to do within the Russian left to combat engrained anti-gay, lesbian, bi, trans bigotry. It will be a lengthy process of patient education and comradely struggle, one that I’m sure many militants on the ground are already engaged in. 

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the genuine communist organizations — which are, after all supposed to represent the vanguard — to deal with this question in a way that incorporates LGBT people in the struggle.

Fortunately, there are today many good examples of respected struggles that can be pointed to – socialist Cuba, for example, with its CENESEX initiative. 

And of course, the true tradition of Lenin’s party and the Bolshevik Revolution is one of sexual emancipation for all, including LGBT and other queer people.

—redguard

Russian communists to Putin: Take action to end genocide in Donbass

Donetsk’s People’s Republic (DNR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LC) smothered in blood and fire 

Statement of the Moscow Committee of the EIF-CPSU Moscow City and Moscow regional committees ROT FRONT 

To: President of the Russian Federation VV Putin 

Citizen President! 

Every day brings news of new victims of Nazi atrocities unleashed by the Kiev junta’s fratricidal war on their own people behalf of the U.S. imperialists and ultra-nationalists. Meanwhile, your administration not only continues to make empty diplomatic gestures, but withdrew the permission of the Federation Council on the use of armed forces of the Russian Federation for the salvation of people abroad.  

On behalf of the working people of Russia, all internationalists and people of good will, the Moscow branch of the political party Russian United Labor Front and the Moscow organization of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party resolutely demand at this crucial hour for Russia and Ukraine:  

1. Immediately recognize the DNR and LC, formed on the basis of legitimate referendums held in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.  

2. Conclude with the DNR and LC agreements on economic and military cooperation, involving military assistance in case of military aggression, at the request of the legitimate authorities and victims of armed aggression.  

3.  Provide the DNR and LC with substantial interest-free to purchase any Russian goods, including weapons, not prohibited by international conventions.  

4. Immediately present the Poroshenko administration Poroshenko an ultimatum with two basic requirements:  

- within 48 hours,  withdraw all military and paramilitary forces from the territories of the DNR and LC and resolve disputed issues by peaceful means;  

- immediately stop political terror in Ukraine, aimed against the communists, anti-fascists and other opposition forces.  

5. Declare that in case of failure to comply with the ultimatum, the Russian Federation reserves the freedom to take any political, economic and military actions necessary to halt the genocide in the DNR and LC.  

6. Clearly state that Russia rejects any territorial annexations in the DNR and LC, as well as other administrative territories of Ukraine, as of June 2014.  

To show you, Citizen President, that our demands are shared by a large number of progressive people of Russia, we begin to collect signatures in support of these claims.  

If our demands are ignored, we will treat you like a criminal, guilty of inaction and failure to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters, as well as a traitor to the interests of Russians, Ukrainians and citizens of other nationalities suffering today from the NATO-fascist aggression in the DNR and LC, and will do everything in our power to dismiss you from your post.  

We do not want and will not tolerate criminal acquiescence to the Bandera fascist evil. Millions of people, not only in Russia and Ukraine, but also in the whole world, will never forgive you for  complicity in the destruction of the DNR and LC, which are today the main centers of the Ukrainian resistance to Nazism and the aggressive plans of NATO and, above all, the United States.

Moscow City Committee of the Russian United Labor Front 

Moscow Oblast Committee of the Russian United Labor Front 

Moscow Committee of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party

Translation by redguard

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Sverdlovsk, Russia: March and rally on the 96th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, November 7, 2013.

"Taking part in the demonstration were the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP), ROT Front, Union of Soviet Officers, Children of War, and Komsomol. The rally was attended by about 700 people. 

"Our slogans for November 7:

  1. Long live the Great October Socialist Revolution!
  2. Long live the power of the working people – alliance of the workers and peasants – no to poverty and oppression by capital!
  3. Bring back the social gains of the October Revolution  - Revive the Soviet Union!
  4. Workplaces to the workers, land to the peasants, science and knowledge to the masses!
  5. No to the division into rich and poor – Give priority to public ownership over private!
  6. No to higher food prices and utility tariffs – Production and agriculture under the control of the working people!
  7. Against the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences – We support social justice and a decent life!
  8. Our cause is just, the victory will be ours!
  9. Forward to the victory of socialism – We want a new edition of the 1917 revolution!
  10. Workers of all countries unite!”

Photos and report: RKRP

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Moscow, Russia: Communist rally attacked by riot police, 25 arrested on anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, November 7, 2013.

After refusing to grant a permit to the revolutionary communist groups for their annual march, Moscow city officials brutally attacked the protesters. At least 25 comrades were arrested, including ROT Front leader Alexander Baht, members of the Communist Workers Party (RKRP) and Labor Russia.

Supporters are protesting outside the police district office where the arrestees were taken. Call the precinct to demand their release: Phone: 8 (499) 259-00-75 - Duty, 8 (499) 256-75-11, 8 (499) 256-75-75

Full report in Russian

Marsh Trudovoi Rossii
  • Marsh Trudovoi Rossii
  • Ivan Baranov
  • 1993
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"March of Labor Russia"

Anthem of the revolutionary organization Labor Russia, led by communist militant Victor Anpilov — one of the songs used to rally Soviet workers in the streets of Moscow during the defense of the Supreme Soviet, September-October 1993.

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Leningrad: Salute to 95th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

Leningrad (“St. Petersburg”), Nov. 7 - Weather in the city of three revolutions was not happy with the wet snow and wind. Nevertheless, at the meeting in honor of the 95th anniversary of the October Revolution, more than 300 people came out. Behind the police lines, a huge number of umbrellas and flags, red streamers and songs of the Revolution, and the fireworks at the end of the event — that’s what passing townsfolk saw.

It is noteworthy that this year’s campaign on the Day of the Revolution, organized by the Red Front, EIF and "Aurora" included official representatives of trade union organizations —including the chair of the trade union of the famous cell MPRA on Vsevolozhsk Ford. Despite the memorable date, the platform is mainly talking about the present: the economic pressures and the political debacles in the country. As is tradition, comrades of the Communist Workers Party of Finland came to support the event.

The leader of Komsomol (b)-Leningrad, Alex Stubbs, recalled that the fight must be scientifically meaningful, and only Marxism can give scientific understanding. He also noted that it is wrong to oppose the dictatorship of the proletariat to workers’ democracy.

"It is a dictatorship of the proletariat that is able to provide democratic relations among workers, ie, workers’ democracy, as the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie provides democracy for the money bags. Therefore the dictatorship of the proletariat and the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie is not a horror story, it is an objective reality in which we live and which we Communists speak frankly and openly about, without hiding behind the mist of fine words. Both theory and practice show -– existing somewhere between these poles on a permanent basis is impossible." 

Yes, we are not looking for PR and to get political points and fall greedily to power, promised mountains of benefits. This is a lot of today’s liberal opposition. We are standing on solid positions that were relevant 95 years ago, and today do not lose their importance. Unfortunately, only a few see these patterns of social development. But this cannot last forever. Those in power every day helps citizens see the light: by cutting Social Security and increasing the exploitation of the people by reducing the actual level of wages.

We return to the rally. The most memorable moment was the “Internationale.” When the music began we saluted Lenin on the steel pedestal, and during the song splashes of bright flame lit the area. 

Report and photos: Komsomol (b) - Leningrad

Translation by redguard

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Moscow rally on November 7: “Left — the only hope and support of the working people!”

By Oleg Komolov and Elena Nesterova, Communists Forward!

A festive march and rally was held in Moscow on November 7, the 95th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. The organizers of the event were two red coalitions of progressive political forces in the capital: the Left Forum (FLS) and the Russian United Labor Front (Red Front). 

One of the main themes of the action was an expression of solidarity with political prisoners, victims of repression which was launched in the country in recent months. Also raised at the rally were utility rate hikes, destruction of health and education, and forced clericalism in Russian society. 

 The meeting was opened by First Secretary of the Communist Party (Alternative) VI Footmen: ”The capitalist world is in a deep crisis. The bourgeoisie of all countries shifts its weight onto the shoulders of the working people. 

"We Communists have always supported the building of a classless society in which there is no place for exploitation of man by man and social injustice. However, to build that society, we all need to go through a long path of class struggle, the result of which will be the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat. It will replace the worldwide dictatorship of the bourgeoisie,” said Vladimir Footmen. 

The head of the Moscow branch of the Red Front, AS Baht, rally drew attention to the fact that at the very beginning of the event the police has seized two anarchists just for the fact that they came to the meeting wearing black masks. Seeing this, all the columns stopped and did not go further until the activists were released. 

"7 November for us is not just a holiday. It is a day of struggle. We have to remember to practice the precepts of Lenin. We are well aware that all left-wing organizations, even taken together are worth nothing if they are not related to the working people. Red Front in Moscow and the Moscow region relies on massive labor groups in Metrovagonmash plants, Fireworks, ZIL, NGO "Energy", Pennant and many others. We recently sent a delegation of several workers to study in the militant Greek trade union PAME. We make a bet on the organization of working people to struggle for their rights. We believe it is the only tactic to succeed and throw off the yoke of capital from neck of our long-suffering country.” 

The coordinator of the Left Front in Moscow, V. Kuzminin, declared that we may have seen his organization for the last time out for a rally under its own banners: the Russian government is now attempting to ban it under the pretext of fighting extremism. 

Kuzmin also said that the government is not afraid of the liberals in the protest movement, and today there is not a single political prisoner of the liberal movement. They are the other side of the ruling class and are not able to offer society any progressive ideas. The only support and hope to the oppressed in Russia are the left-wing forces. That is why they use the might of their repressive machinery in the first place against us — left-wing activists.

Translation by redguard

Statement of the Political Council of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP)  

Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 received from the Federation Council consent to the use of armed forces in connection with the situation in Ukraine to protect the citizens of Russia, the Russian-speaking population, parts of the fleet and its infrastructure from fascist elements and bandits. 

It looks like a noble intention supported by the majority of citizens of Russia, Crimea, and eastern Ukraine. But on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the referendum on the preservation of the USSR (17 March 1991), when the majority of citizens voted unequivocally in favor of maintaining the Union (76%), it is necessary to remember and understand why in the USSR, until the infamous perestroika, there were no bloody ethnic conflicts and wars between nations. 

It was because the Union was based on the Soviet authority, i.e., the workers’ own government, working in the interests of working people. Workers, as we know, have no innate division among themselves, and the people lived as one family — the Soviet people, who proved their worth by defeating European fascism in 1945. 

With the departure of the state government, the ruling party and the tasks of socialist development in the direction of the so-called market, capitalism emerged and capitalists, traders and shopkeepers, who do not share space on the markets, but fight for profits and influence, threw the ordinary people into ethnic slaughter. 

The capitalist course destroyed the USSR republics and brought upon the land war and blood. Karabakh and Sumgait, Tajikistan and Transnistria, Abkhazia and Chechnya, South Ossetia and now — Ukraine. These are all links of one chain. This is the product of capitalist society. To the question — ” Who is to blame ? ” — The most simple and correct answer is — “capitalism!” 

Today in conflict in Ukraine, parties achieving some local victories are in the habit of putting on their knees representatives of the opposing party, that they should repent before the people . 

On their knees before the peoples of the USSR should be put Gorbachev (still alive), Kravchuk, Shushkevich, along with former party secretaries Rakhmonov (Tajikistan), Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan), and Putin in the company with Yanukovych , Kuchma and Yushchenko. They are the bearers of capitalization policies that brought blood and evil upon the earth of the Soviet republics. 

It is clear that in the conflicts in Ukraine, the interests of major capital of Ukraine and Russia, the U.S., Western Europe and the world are involved. Aspiring and resurgent Banderaists could never raise their head in Ukraine if they did not have the support of the source of fascism — the most reactionary, most imperialist elements of not only domestic, but also Western financial capital. These imperialist forces have their own, very specific goals to fuel the fire of war on the territory of Ukraine and Russia among conflicting forces. We must remember that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War unleashed by imperialism on the young 20th century. 

Today bourgeois Russia has declared its readiness to protect its citizens and the population of Ukraine from fascists and gang members. However, it should be clearly understood that the interests of ordinary people in this conflict are only propaganda cover operations for the protection of Russian capitalism, the struggle for influence in Ukraine and in the world. We proceed from the realization that Russian capital is always ready to give up their bourgeois democratic form of rule and establish a terrorist, fascist dictatorship. 

In this situation, the RKRP supports the self-organization of the peoples of Ukraine and Crimea in the fight against the fascist bandits. Communists recognize the right of the multinational people of the Crimea and the Ukrainian regions to self-determination through the organization and establishment of power by the struggle by the people themselves. 

 We consider possible in the case of the apparent exhaustion of potential self-protection of the population from fascist elements of power application of an external force and possibilities of bourgeois democracy at the request of the people and authorities of Crimea. Including the threat of the Russian army - only to suppress the proliferation of fascism. It should work on the self-proclaimed bourgeois nationalist Ukrainian authorities. Only the willingness to use force can sober fascist thugs, as Yanukovich with his experience of conciliatory policies did not understand. 

The RKRP encourages workers and communist organizations in Ukraine and Russia to advocate and guide the organized struggle of the working people against the the main culprit of the disaster and bloodshed of the peoples of Ukraine, Russia, and all Soviet republics — capitalism. Russian capitalists are no better than Ukrainian or Western, they dream of profit at the expense of the weakened Ukrainian economy, of the workers. They are not interested in preserving the self-organized actions. To maintain and develop these elements of people’s organization requires political consciousness of the true causes of the disasters of people in Russia and Ukraine, to direct the workers’ struggle against parasites of all peoples of all nationalities — against capitalism, the main task of the Communists 

Only when capitalism is brought to its knees, then workers of all the peoples of the Union will again be able to live and work together peacefully and build socialism. Then we can truly say, “On your knees, you bastards!” But you need to gain strength and organize the struggle. 

Workers of all countries, unite! 

March 3, 2014

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Leningrad, Russia: Hands Off Syria demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate, September 3, 2012.

Signs read: “Obama: Terrorist #1” and “Hands Off Syria”

"On September 3, the Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP), Red Front and other progressive organizations held an anti-imperialistic, antifascist picket in front of the Consulate General of the USA in Leningrad ("St. Petersburg"). On that day about 30 activists, despite the rain, went out to express the sharply negative attitude to the policy conducted by the USA and their satellites that is military intervention in home affairs of the Syrian Arabian Republic.

"As of today Syria, surrounded by a ring of reactionary monarchies and military semi-dictatorships, remains one of the few secular states in the Near East. The rights and freedom won by workers of Syria today are under threat. Israel already has publicly declared possible use of military aircraft, and Turkish authorities the possible occupation of Kurdish north-east SAR.

"Representatives of RKRP and Revolutionary Komsomol held speeches on the picket line. Passers-by were handed a leaflet, prepared by the RKRP and Red Front city committees."

Photo and story: Revolutionary Komsomol

Comrade Victor Anpilov at a meeting of Labor Russia in December 2011.

Victor Anpilov, a Soviet journalist, became a leading voice in the revolutionary opposition to Gorbachev and Yeltsin’s pro-capitalist reforms. After the banning of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1991, Anpilov helped to found the Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP) and Labor Russia. These organizations were important leaders of the 1993 October Uprising in defense of the Supreme Soviet. When the Yeltsin regime crushed the uprising, Anpilov was captured and imprisoned. He and other political leaders of the uprising were freed under pressure of mass protests in 1994. Anpilov has continued his work as a revolutionary organizer under the difficult conditions in capitalist Russia.

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Workers rally in Moscow

The working people of the capital region fight back against the offensive of the bourgeoisie with the establishment of grassroots organizations of the proletariat. A report from a meeting of wage workers in and around Moscow on September 29, 2012. 

The working people of Moscow and the Moscow region are fully experiencing the ever-increasing oppression of capital. Reducing the number of employees; the transition to part-time; the intensification of labor and shrinking real wages; privatization of enterprises; the threat of outsourcing to regions with lower wages; “agency labor”; pitting workers against one another on the grounds of national hatred; harassment of independent trade unions … It is safe to say that there is no company in the metropolitan area free from even one of these problems.  

To strongly protest against the aggressive anti-labor policies of the authorities and business owners, and most importantly - to agree on collective action and support the offensive of the proletariat, the workers of enterprises in Moscow and the region gathered for a rally on September 29. Arrangements for the preparation and holding of the rally took the Russian United Labor Front - ROT FRONT - working together with the Council of Moscow. 

A spacious area at the main entrance of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy of the USSR was chosen as the venue for the event. The complex was renamed by the bourgeois government, because of the total absence of any positive developments were under the current regime, the All-Russia Exhibition Center. It served as a background for the rally, and its architecture praising the success of the Soviet economy was very relevant to the issues discussed at the meeting, highlighting the contrast between the achievements of the socialist economy and the abyss into which Russia’s economy is crumbling under capitalism. At the same time it has made an optimistic, symbolizing a goal; you have to fight for the working class. 

During the week before the meeting, members of the Russian Communist Workers Party (RKRP) included in the Red Front led advocacy efforts at enterprises around Moscow, to spread the word with thousands of leaflets explaining the main purpose of the meeting - to convey to workers the urgent need to move from complaints of “hard life”, “petitions” to the President, hopes to “Fair Elections”, the belief in “good capitalism”, etc., and develop active working class self-organization, starting from their work places, for a determined struggle to improve their economic situation, and in the end - for political power. 

The result of the campaign was that the Communists came in touch with a greater number of employees of enterprises (compared to a traditional passivity of the working class of Moscow). Unfortunately, not all of them were able to come to the rally on Saturday, but the party organization will continue to promote the integration of the newly applied comrades in active work. 

The rally was attended by more than 100 people. This number is small, but it exceeds the number of workers in similar rallies in Moscow and the Moscow region held a year ago. We should also note the positive dynamics of the tone and content of the talks of speakers. At last year’s meeting the sentiment of many workers’ speeches focused on the miserable situation and prospects of the Moscow industry and the requirements of abstract “power” to change its policy. Now, along with a description of the problems, all the speakers stressed that it is in vain to expect a change of course from the government, and the workers can make a difference only themselves through their organized struggle. 

This has also been reflected in the meeting’s resolution, which concludes that the assembled representatives of the proletariat fully understand that any demands to the authorities, however radical they may be, will remain on paper unless the workers themselves are committed to winning them in the everyday hard struggle together with coworkers. The resolution includes calls for workers to organize unions, to coordinate their work through the Soviets across the city and the region, and then the country, to move from economic to political demands and the higher forms of the class struggle, until the conquest of power by the working class. 

Report and photos: RKRP

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