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Learning Solidarity Together

Note from LeftEast editors. This interview was originally published on May 12, 2022 at Midnight Sun. We reprint it with the permission of the original publication. Anastasia Vosstavshaya and Marie are members of the Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), a revolutionary socialist organization active in the Russian state. Midnight Sun spoke to them about what life is like for anti-war organizers […]

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[VIDEO]: How Can Feminist Solidarity Help Ukraine?

We repost this video and its original introductory text with the permission of the organizers. On May 10, Internationalism from Below teamed up with Haymarket Books, the Ukrainian leftist journal Спільне / Commons and New Politics magazine in convening How Can Feminist Solidarity Help Ukraine? — a discussion with Yuliya Yurchenko, Oksana Dutchak, Sasha Talaver, […]

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“No to NATO, Yes to Peace!” – Finnish Protesters March Against Western Imperialism and Putin’s war in Ukraine

The following report back from Finland by Kyle Bailey looks at a nascent protest movement against the sudden shift in Finnish public opinion when it comes to NATO membership. The Russian military’s recent aggression against Ukraine has effectively upended a key mainstay of Finland’s post-WWII diplomacy, which was built around official neutrality. In the space of a few months, this consensus has been shattered and a new consensus seems to be emerging instead around accelerated NATO membership. This short piece gives insight into the narrowing space of public debate in Finland on these issues, and highlights how a small coalition of progressive groups are attempting to challenge the militarization such a decision is surely to bring in its wake.

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Why So Many Russians Believe Propaganda

Russian propaganda and the prohibition of humanism  Being a Russian living in Europe means having a mind filled with possibilities inadequate for the Russian context and cherishing an imperishable, naïve hope in resistance for a better future. People in the EU are calling on Russians to protest. However, the current conditions changed the meaning of […]

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Female Face of Russian Anti-war Movement: Why Women Protest?

Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine and the following establishment of de facto martial law in Russia, Russians have been protesting against the war. Though this protest is weak and fragmented and exposed to government repression, it is ongoing in many cities and towns of Russia. It includes not only street demonstrations […]

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Fanning the Flames: How the European Union is fuelling a new arms race

Note from LeftEast editors. This is a reprint of Transnational Institute’s introduction to their recently published report: Fanning the Flames – How the European Union is fuelling a new arms race. ‘If you prepare for war you get war. If you prepare for peace you get peace.’ * At the time of writing in March […]

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How Russia’s Ukraine War and the West’s Response to it Accelerate Environmental Havoc

Note from LeftEast editors: this article is a reprint. It originally appeared in German, as part of the Anti Extractivism project of the Berliner Gazette. In the midst of panic in energy markets – caused by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the West’s sanctions policy – all climate goals and demands for environmental, […]

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The Forgotten Losses: Or Could a Suppressed War Become Our Next One?

If we want to respond to the tragedy in ways that will help the victims, and avert still worse catastrophes that loom ahead, it is wise, and necessary, to learn as much as we can about what went wrong and how the course could have been corrected. Heroic gestures may be satisfying. They are not […]

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Today, Our Words Must Be Strong Enough to Stop Bullets: The Closing Statements of the DOXA Four

Here, as part of an international solidarity campaign, are the closing speeches the DOXA four, Armen Aramyan, Alla Gutnikova, Vladimir (Volodya) Metelkin, and Natalia Tyshkevich, gave on April 1, 2022. The prosecution has asked for two years of corrective labor (each day of their current house arrest should count as 1.5 days of corrective labor, […]

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Against Russian Imperialism

Note from LeftEast editors: Since the war started, the left has grappled with the questions of the extent of NATO’s responsibility for it and the call for military aid to Ukraine. In publishing this statement sent to us by our comrades from the Russian Socialist Movement, we acknowledge the left’s multiple fissures on these issues. […]