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Russian Socialists and the Struggle for Democracy

For the past few weeks, protests for fair elections in upcoming municipal polls have become weekly in Moscow and St. Petersburg as thousands have defied authorities to attend unsanctioned rallies. The police crackdown has been particularly harsh in Moscow. Protests on July 27 and August 3 resulted in over 2000 detentions. Images of police in riot gear wrestling citizens to the ground and beating peaceful protesters were reminiscent of the mass protests against election fraud in 2011-2012.

LeftEast is happy to share this interview Sean Guillory (of Sean’s Russia Blog fame) conducted with members of the Russian Socialist Movement, a small Marxist, democratic, anti-Stalinist organization active in the Russian left, have been participants in local electoral campaigns and in the protests. Two RSM activists, Valeria Kovelishina and Ilya Budraitskis talk about the Russian Socialist Movement, their electoral work, the protests for democracy in Russia and what they might mean for the future.

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[…]  „Russian Socialists and the Struggle for Democracy“ von Sean Guillory am 15. August 2019 bei L… ist ein Interview mit Aktivisten der (trotzkistisch orientierten) Russischen Sozialistischen Bewegung, die über die Beteiligung ihrer Gruppierung am Kampf gegen Wahlbehinderungen berichten, woraus auch deutlich wird, dass auch noch andere linke Kräfte daran beteiligt sind, und dies eben nicht ein Feld ist, auf dem nur die bürgerlich-liberale Opposition mit dem System Putin konfrontiert ist. […]

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