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A Russian socialist faces imprisonment! Solidarity needed!

Anastasia Ponkina, a 20-year-old activist of the Russian Socialist Movement in Izhevsk (Udmurt Republic), was charged with “hooliganism motivated by political hate” and could face up to 5 years in prison. On January 23, during the mass rallies held across the country against corruption and the arrest of Alexei Navalny, Anastasia actively participated in a […]

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March 8, 2021 – Manifesto by fAKTIV

fAKTIV is a feminist collective based in Croatia fighting for women’s labor and social rights, advocating for reproductive and sexual rights, and against gender-based violence. The collective started out in 2016 in opposition to ubiquitous social and economic inequalities, fascism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, with the aim to organize extra-institutional actions and create feminist practices […]

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Misogyny – the other pandemic!

An International Women’s Day manifesto by the alliance of feminist organizations “Thanks for the Flowers” in Romania.
Translated by Irina Novac.

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OpenDemocracy: “Egyptian student of gender and religion jailed for terrorism on visit home” by Walid el Houri

To read the article, click here. The crackdown on freedoms is intensifying with the arrest of Ahmed Samir Santawy – the latest student to be locked up on obscure charges.

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For Boğaziçi and Freedom: a report from Turkey’s new student opposition

This year the Turkish government’s campaign to stamp out dissent has broken new ground, but a new spirit of resistance is there to meet it, particularly at one of the country’s landmark public universities. In what follows, two participants in the oppositional student movement at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul tell us about their struggle against […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Sergey Solovyov

Sergey Solovyov is editor of the journal Scepsis. The protests that took place in Russia were primarily the result of exhaustion of a certain part of society: from stagnation, social problems, and the bureaucracy-bourgeoisie reign. This exhaustion is enhanced due to the COVID-19 pandemic consequences. The protests are pro-liberal and personalist (leadermaniac) by nature. After […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Rossen Djagalov

Rossen Djagalov is a LeftEast editor. There is little new in the debate taking place within the Russian left and around it whether to participate in the protests called by Navalny and his team. One has been hearing a version of it since last August on Belarusian material. A few years earlier, the issue was […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Liza Smirnova

Liza Smirnova is a journalist and left-wing activist In the events of January we have seen a new type of street protest in Russia. Now it is not only the Muscovite middle class, as in the previous wave of mobilization from 2011-2013. This new wave of protests has covered the provinces as well. Actions proceeded […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Georgiy Komarov

Georgiy Komarov, member of the executive committeeof Marxist Union (Russia) The Russian Left should definitely try to adapt to new reality and not to stay aside from the protest. However, the devil is in the details. Alas, the rallies of January 23 were nowhere near a mass revolutionary movement. The rallies boast only tens of […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Ilya Budraitskis

Ilya Budraitskis, Moscow-based historian, political writer, and co-author of the Political Diary podcast Alexei Navalny’s arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, minutes after his return to Russia, was not only the expected, but also the only possible reaction of the Russian authorities. At the beginning of this year, after the summer Constitutional amendments opened […]