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Dear comrades!


The war in Donbass has already been going on for more than five years. It claimed the lives of more than 10 thousand people, about 2 million were forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of children were killed and injured. The blood of the inhabitants of Donbass is on the hands of the Kiev regime, which unleashed military aggression in response to the self-determination of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

XIV-th Plekhanov Conference

Министерство культуры Российской Федерации

Федеральное государственное бюджетное учреждение


Садовая ул., 18, Санкт-Петербург, 191069

Teл. (812) 310-28-56, Факс (812) 310-61-48

20.12. 2019


Dear colleagues,

The Plekhanov House, the National Library of Russia department, has pleasure to announce the XIV-th Plekhanov Conference on “…We Are Forced to Admit a Fundamental Change of Our Perception of Socialism”: The Soviet Russia in 1921-1927» to be held on 30.05 — 01. 06. 20201.

The conference is being organized in cooperation with The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and The Sector for Philosophical Problems of Policy of The Institute of Philosophy of The Russian Academy of Sciences.

An evaluation of the Manifesto of the Polish National Liberation Committee (PKWN) and the achievements of the People's Republic of Poland

Monika Karbowska

An evaluation of the Manifesto

of the Polish National Liberation Committee (PKWN)

and the achievements of the People’s Republic of Poland – first attempt to build a Polish socialist state



The Manifesto of the Polish Committee of National Liberation (PKWN) and its implementation by the Polish People’s Republic is a realisation of the political program for which the Polish left had fought for decades: agrarian reform by confiscation without compensation of the large land holdings of the aristocracy, access to education, social security, building housing for the people, building a Poland with stable borders and good relations with its neighbours. The most important transformations implemented in the Polish People’s Republic also concern the emancipation of women and children and the end of the traditional patriarchal family. For the Poles of 1989, including the Solidarity opposition, the PKWN Manifesto was an important milestone in the history of modernization of the country. The agrarian reform and the destruction of the feudal class, the rapid reconstruction of the country, the social rise of hundreds of thousands of peasants called to build the new industry, urbanization and the education of the masses, led in two decades to shaping Poland as we know it today — a country of some importance whose development index in 1989 was quite honourable. The Polish People’s Republic, however, had a major flaw: it was instituted as a state and system by the Soviet Union government in accordance with the decisions of the Western Allies. It was precisely the USSR’s compromise with the Western powers that brought Poland to its present borders, these “ideal” borders for the national interest of the country, borders that neither the West nor the Polish capitalists question. However, if all Poles have benefited from modernization, the Polish People’s Republic was ultimately based on fragile premises, that is, on the compromise developed by the Soviet Union and the Western powers in the years 1943-46. The Polish United Workers Party made a series of mistakes by carrying out a repressive policy in the crucial moments of crisis and sabotaging its own popular legitimacy. Thus, when the USSR withdrew from its domination of the territory west of the Bug and the West recovered its political and economic hegemony over these same territories, Poland found itself again dependent on the West. In the end, the Poles have not been able to sustain a vision of a truly sovereign state. In particular the ideological weakening of the P.O.U.P. has been an important cause of this through the rapid abandonment of the teaching of Marxism in party structures and in social structures. One of the notable achievements of the Polish People’s Republic was the development of an original foreign policy in the 1960s: the Polish contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions, the Rapacki plan for the denuclearization of Europe, cultural, technical, scientific and economic cooperation with the countries of the Arab World, Africa and China, and support for the Non Aligned movement. Among the mistakes of the Polish People’s Republic that led to its downfall was agreeing to pay the pre-war debt of Poland towards the West, as well as the increasing borrowing of the 1970s that led to the final crisis in 1980.  In the same way, the persistence of nationalism and anti-Semitism in the Polish population undermined the authority of the Party, while the lack of democratic legitimacy was fatal to it when the West once more took over  political control of Eastern Europe, following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union.


Keywords: Polish People’s Republic, agrarian reform, stable borders, industrialization, modernization, education, reconstruction, nationalism, Western powers, USSR

Ėpštejn D.B. Die Ergebnisse von 2016. Die Wirtschaftspolitik Russlands

Einladung zur nächsten Sitzung des St. Petersburger Wirtschaftsseminars, 10. Mai 2017 -

 Ėpštejn D.B. „Die Ergebnisse von 2016. Die Wirtschaftspolitik Russlands – Wege zur Sicherung eines stabilen industriellen Wachstums“


Sehr geehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen! 

Die nächste Sitzung des städtischen Wirtschaftsseminars findet am Mittwoch, dem 10. Mai 2017 um 18.30 Uhr, wie immer im Plechanov-Haus 4, Krasnoarmejskaja 1, statt. 

Wir laden Sie hiermit zur Teilnahme ein!

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The will of 5 million Kurds under custody! Free the HDP deputies now!

Statement by Central Committee of DIP (Revolutionary Workers’ Party)


L.Bulavka-Buzgalina, «Alternatives», Russia

2nd Euro-Mediterranean Meeting on Workers’ Economy. Thessaloniki.  28-29 october 2016

Call for Papers: State Socialism, Legal Experts and the Genesis of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law after 1945

Call for Papers: State Socialism, Legal Experts and the Genesis of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law after 1945

Humboldt University of Berlin
The University of Exeter, the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO), and the Humboldt University of Berlin
24 – 26 November 2016

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 June 2016

State Socialism, Legal Experts and the Genesis of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law after 1945

In the history of international law, the socialist bloc has been generally relegated to the role of roadblock to the fulfillment of the ideals of Western liberalism. Scholars of international criminal law (ICL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) have often dismissed the contributions of socialist legal initiatives as little more than Cold War propaganda and thus irrelevant to understanding the historical evolution of judicial norms and the modern international system. The establishment of different international tribunals since the collapse of the Soviet Union has only reinforced the notion that the socialist world was little more than an impediment to progress. Nevertheless, the American-led global war on terror has done much to call into question Western commitment to the laws of war.

World Social Forum (Tunisia, 2015)

Call for Social Movements to mobilize for the upcoming World Social Forum (Tunisia, 2015)

Dear friends,

During its last meeting held in Casablanca in December 2014, the International Council decided to organize the upcoming World Social Forum 2015 once again in Tunisia.

Russia – Ukraine – the West: Multidimensionality of Contradictions – Definiteness of a Position

«Russia – Ukraine – the West:

Multidimensionality of Contradictions – Definiteness of a Position»

Video- presentation

Professor A.Buzgalin

English version

The Future of Novorossiya is not being Decided Solely on the Front Lines


Dear colleagues!


As you know, the situation in Ukraine is very contradictory. A month ago, after referendum, where absolute majority of population of the East of Ukraine supported creation of independent state, peoples of Donetsk and Lugansk regions initiated creation of new republic, which has now name Novorossia.


Population of this region is now under the fair. Thousands of people are killed by bombs, artillery, rockets and tanks of Kiev Authorities. In spite of this fact Novorossia is trying to built new, mow just state.


In this situation we, members of editorial board of Russian democratic left journal ‘Alternatives’ wrote the Appeal with our understanding of the situation,  its contradictions and future, with proposals of assistance.


Please, read this text and if you acsept at least some key ideas of it, send it to your colleagues via Internet, social net-works, web-sites and so on.


More information you can find in our web-site

If you have any questions or need more information, please, write us

With best wishes,


Alexander Buzgalin

The Future of Novorossiya is not being Decided Solely on the Front Lines

Open letter from members of the editorial collective of the journal Alternatives to defenders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

Dear comrades,

We address you in this fashion since along with you we are experiencing the same tragedies that have fallen to your lot. We are your comrades, since as scholars in Russian universities and research centres who are members of the editorial collective of the journal Alternatives, which has been appearing now for more than twenty years, we have throughout this period consistently spoken out in support of the right of peoples to decide their own fate, defending their honour, dignity and lives. The experience of recent months shows that the majority of you share these principles, despite the diversity of your ideological positions.

Are Economic Growth and Social Justice Incompatible?

Are Economic Growth and Social Justice Incompatible?

Every dollar of new wealth that has been created in the United States since the financial crisis, 93 cents has gone to the top 1%. (Photo: David Guo; Edited: EL / TO)

Professor Jason Hickel and activist Alnoor Ladha discuss the fallacy of economic growth, the battle for social justice and how to organize against the neoliberal system.

This is an excerpt from a discussion between Dr. Jason Hickel of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Alnoor Ladha of /The Rules that took place at the LSE in early 2014.

Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

The Dawn of Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism


Under austerity/immiseration capitalism, Europe is witnessing its deepest economic and social crisis since the Second World War. In 2012, more people lost their jobs than in any other year in the last two decades. The situation is particularly severe in southern and eastern European countries. For example, in Greece and Spain, one person in four is officially unemployed, with over half of young people without work (Schwarz, 2013). As Peter Schwarz (2013) puts it:

Odessa: the last warning, Stop the Nazis and imperialist intervention! For a united, independent, socialist Ukraine!

Odessa: the last warning, Stop the Nazis and imperialist intervention! For a united, independent, socialist Ukraine!

Every May the 9th, after the end of World War II, humanity used to celebrate the defeat of fascism. But after the Black Friday of May the 2nd and the massacre in Odessa, humanity remains shocked to see again Nazi storm troopers burning alive defenseless civilians, arresting and killing all those who tried to escape, singing the national anthem before their corpses.

Let us transform this terrible shock into decisive action!

Any silence is complicity! Even worse, it is a crime. We have to tell loud and clear the truth about the pogrom in Odessa, to defeat the Big Lie already spread by the perpetrators and instigators of the crime, the Nazis of the Right Sector and of Svoboda, their partners in the illegitimate Kiev “government” of pro-Western oligarchs, and above all the imperialist centers in the United States and the European Union assisted by the “mainstream” mass media.

Review of the estimations of the situation in Ukraine and its development by Russian people and society


Review of the estimations of the situation in Ukraine and its development by Russian people and society


According to the WCIOM (The Russian Public Opinion Service) 73% of Russian citizens are against of any intervention of Russia into the conflict between opposition and state authorities because this is internal problem of the country, that was announced on the 3 of March. Only 15% of the reviewed do not exclude the intervention.

Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism

Invitation to the XVIII. InkriT-Conference 2014

The Institute for Critical Theory (InkriT) invites you to its annual conference from June 19th to 22nd, 2014 in the ver.di-Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum Clara Sahlberg in Berlin-Wannsee. The theme of the conference is:

»Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism«.

The conference theme – approved by last years‘ plenary meeting of the InkriT fellows – resulted from the discussions of the financial and economic crisis of transnational high-tech capitalism at last years’ conference. We want to explore the ambiguities of many of the new technologies in the contradictory field between productive forces and relations of production.


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