cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgWorld Perspectives 2017: IX. Russia: Victorious Outcome of NATO’s Cold War

 

  1. As we have noted on numerous occasions, there has been an acceleration of the rivalry between the Western Great powers and Russia, particularly around the civil war in the Ukraine following the conquest of power by the Western-supported, extreme right-wing opposition in February 2014. As a result, the US and EU imposed economic sanctions against Moscow, which in turn retaliated. It appears that this Cold War may come to an end in 2017. Leading circles in the West increasingly recognize that they have failed to bring the Putin regime to its knees, forcing him to give up the Crimea and the Donbass region. Today, an increasing number of European politicians advocate an end of the sanctions against Russia. Among them are the German foreign minister and soon to be president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as the currently leading contenders in the French presidential elections, François Fillon and Marie Le Pen. And US president-elect, Trump, also advocates reconciliation with Putin.

 

  1. Not only did Russia succeed in withstanding the pressure from the Western Great Powers, but her foreign policy position was also improved by the recent victory of the pro-Russian politician Igor Dodon in the presidential election in Moldavia (running against a pro-EU candidate). In a similar fashion, the pro-Russian candidate Rumen Radev won the Bulgarian presidential election. All these developments amply confirm the RCIT’s thesis that Russia has become an imperialist power capable of withstanding the combined pressure of US and EU imperialism. (As an aside, we note that – in contrast to many so-called “Trotskyists” – even Russian Stalinists like the Russian Communist Workers’ Party are capable of recognize the imperialist nature of “their” state! [1])

 

  1. Of course, the Western sanctions hurt the Russian economy. They pushed the Putin regime into a closer alliance with China – an alliance in which Russia plays the role of the junior partner. This alliance has led to a number of strategic economic treaties between Russia and China. It also drove Moscow to diversify its economy, making it less dependent on imports. This has led, among other things, to some important changes in agriculture, but also to Sibur’s construction of a huge, $9.5 billion petro-chemical facility in Tobolsk – the biggest constructed since the end of the USSR.

 

  1. After the Minsk agreement between Russia and the EU in February 2015, the civil war in the Ukraine has been completely pacified. This, too, proves the analysis of the RCIT as correct, when we stated in the autumn of 2014 that the Donbass Republics – which initially represented an antifascist and progressive popular reaction to the reactionary developments in Kiev – had degenerated and become completely controlled and subordinated by Russian imperialism. As the last two years have demonstrated, the Donbass Republics can’t act independently in any way, but are simply lackeys of Russian imperialism. These developments have disproven those Stalinists and centrists (e.g., the IMT, L5I) who proclaimed that the Donbass Republics continue to represent an independent, progressive factor in the class struggle. (However, these groups have recently become far more reticent given the clearly visible corruption and degeneration of the Donbass republics.)

 

  1. Revolutionaries in Russia unequivocally oppose the chauvinistic opportunism of the official Communist Party – the KPRF – which is a purely parliamentary party that indirectly collaborates with Putin, and praises both the market and the “spiritual power” of the Russian Orthodox Church, while opposing immigration. Revolutionaries in Russia must support all efforts to build a new Workers’ Party. Such a party will advocate primarily orienting the class struggle to the streets and the workplaces, instead of elections, and will intransigently fight against Russian imperialism which means, among other things, supporting the national liberation struggle of the Chechen people and the anti-Russian resistance of the Syrian rebels.

 

[1] See e.g. Statement of RCWP CC’s Political Council: Terrorism is a weapon of Imperialism, 25.11.2015, http://inter.rkrp.ru/articles/statement-of-rcwp-ccs-political-council-terrorism-is-a-weapon-of-imperialism/#more-516. Naturally this must not deflect attention from the RCWP own opportunist adaption to Russian imperialism.

 

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. 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