Soviet Union

Interactive map of workers’ councils (1917-1927)

Ivanovo_Voznesensk_Soviet_1917

The 1917 revolution in Russia, and the comeback of workers’ councils, signalled the start of a revolutionary wave that spread across the world over the next ten years. The map below is an attempt at charting the spread of the council movement in the 1917-1927 period. Work in progress!

On the design of a constitution of the RSFSR - Yakov Sverdlov

Soviet Union structure Yakov Sverdlov

Translation of Sverdlov's speech, on the election of a Constitution Drafting Commission. Source: from the report on the meeting of the (All-Russian) Central Executive Committee, 1 April 1918.

Aspects of the Russian Question – American Fraction of the Left Communist International (1949)

Written by D for the March-April 1949 issue of International Bulletin, the publication of the American Fraction of the Left Communist International.

A documentary history of communism in Russia - Robert V. Daniels

A valuable collection of nearly 300 documents (from 1894-1991) on Russia and socialism, from a variety of contributors - e.g. Lenin, the Russian left communists, Luxemburg.

Soviet justice: The case of Gavriil Pavlyuk

A very short article on the prsecution of anarchist peasant Gavriil Pavlyuk

Wild and notorious: Asnin, Shlema Aronovich (18--?-1917)

The Durnovo mansion

A short biography of Shlema Asnin, colourful anarchist remembered for his role in the June-July days of 1917.

International Council Correspondence Volume 6, Number 4

New Essays. A Quarterly Devoted to the Study of Modern Society (International Council Correspondence), Vol. 6, no. 4, Winter 1943

International Council Correspondence Volume 2, Number 12

International Council Correspondence, Vol. 2, no. 12, November 1936

Did Trotsky point the way to socialism?

Trotsky A Graphic Guide cover by Geary

Transcript of the opening remarks from a debate between Adam Buick arguing No (for the Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Hillel Ticktin arguing Yes, (Critique Journal) taking place on 24th January 2009 at Hillhead Library in Glasgow. Full video recording also available online.

“Cut up Khrushchev for sausages!” A history lesson for The New York Times - Simon Pirani

Pic of the Novocherkassk revolt

This recent article by Simon Pirani both provides more information about the Novocherkassk revolt and massacre and also some insight into how worker revolts in the days of the Soviet Union are still being shamelessly mirepresented in even the most "respected" Western media outlets.