The dissolution of the Soviet Union

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 24, 2019 by Barry Grey, US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site and leading member of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

By David Walsh, 17 September 2019

This lecture was delivered by David Walsh, Arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 26, 2019.

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2019

This lecture was delivered by Bill Van Auken, senior writer for the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019.

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

Rogovin insisted that without understanding the Terror—its origins and its consequences—it was impossible to make sense of either the nature of Soviet society or the ultimate dissolution of the USSR at the hands of the Communist Party during the final decade of the 20th century. For him, 1936–1938 and 1989–1991 were indissolubly connected periods of Soviet history. The restoration of capitalism demanded new falsifications of Soviet history.

Capitalist restoration in Russia: A balance sheet

By Clara Weiss, 1 May 2018

This article reviews the lessons of the Soviet miners’ strike of 1989 and capitalist restoration in Russia.

The End of the USSR

By David North, 30 December 2016

On January 4, 1992, David North, national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), delivered a report which explained the historical background and significance of the end of the USSR. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of this critical event, the World Socialist Web Site is posting North's report.

This week in history: December 26-January 1

28 December 2016

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

The crisis in Ukraine and the historical consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union

By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014

It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.

The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014

What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.

Twenty years since the dissolution of the USSR

The capitalist crisis and the radicalization of the working class in 2012

By David North, 30 January 2012

This report was given by David North to a series of regional aggregate meetings of the Socialist Equality Party (US) held during the month of January.

The Revolution Betrayed and the fate of the Soviet Union

By Peter Daniels, 25 February 2009

An understanding of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet state—their rise and subsequent degeneration—is critical in politically arming the working class by learning the lessons of the 20th century in order to prepare for the struggles of the 21st.

The bitter legacy of Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007)

By Vladimir Volkov, 26 April 2007

The first president of post-Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin, died on April 23 in a Moscow hospital of heart failure at the age of 76. He will go down in history as a world-class political criminal.

The social consequences of Ukrainian independence

By Andy Niklaus, 29 August 2001

August 24 witnessed extensive celebrations, with banners and festive speeches, celebrating the Ukrainian national identity. The celebrations, however, could not disguise the social catastrophe that has unfolded in the ten years since Ukrainian independence.

Speeches commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of Trotsky's assassination

Trotsky's struggle against Stalin and the tragic fate of the Soviet Union

By Vladimir Volkov, 27 October 2000

At two meetings commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky, speakers illuminated the contemporary significance of Trotsky's work. The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site hosted the meetings in Berlin and London in September. WSWS Editorial Board member Vladimir Volkov gave the following speech on September 23 in Berlin. Tomorrow we will post the speech by Chris Talbot, a regular contributor to the WSWS from Britain, concluding our coverage of the meetings.

A political balance sheet of the Yeltsin era

By Vladimir Volkov, 21 January 2000

On December 31, 1999 Russia's president Boris Yeltsin announced his early departure from office. This put an end to an era that must count as one of the most dramatic and contradictory in Russian and international history, marked above all by the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the introduction of capitalist relations into the territory of the “socialist camp”.

A balance sheet of capitalist restoration in Russia

By Yury G. Bobrov, 2 May 1998

Having handed over the national wealth to assorted crooks, the state lost the means to finance industry, the army, social services.

Stalinism in Eastern Europe: the Rise and Fall of the GDR

By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 1998

ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz explains the historical origins of the East German state and demonstrates that Stalinism, not socialism, existed there.