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Ukrainian Refugees, Anti-immigration Politics, and the Limits of Solidarity in Slovakia

In a long-term view of the eastern EU border, it is heightened militarization and exclusion that is the norm, with the kind of openness we are witnessing with regard to the Ukrainians being the exception. What, then, is to be done in a country like Slovakia where there is little hope that things will change through the state and how to politically link the unprecedented solidarity with Ukrainian refugees to the larger struggle for a more just and inclusive border regime in Europe?

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On the Frontier of Whiteness? Expropriation, War, and Social Reproduction in Ukraine

I have been writing and re-writing this short reflection for seven weeks. Weeks spent aiding relatives and friends in fleeing Ukraine and directing solidarity funds to the Ukrainian resistance and mutual aid organizing. Having walked the streets of Mariupol almost every summer since I was a child, and for the last time in the summer […]

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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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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. […]

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Against the War That Keeps Capitalism Alive

1. In June 2020, not anticipating the current moment, I rhetorically asked about the liberal project of reviving the economy in Baricada Romania: does the state save capital and support militarization?[1] I noticed then, that unlike the crisis of 2008-2009, economic recovery was taking place through the excessive militarization of Romania and its engagement in […]

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Konstantin Olmezov’s Suicide Note

On 20 March 2022, Konstantin Olmezov ended his life in Moscow. He was 26 years old. Born in Donetsk, he had been in Russia since 2018 in order to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. On 26 February he had made an attempt to leave Russia, but was […]

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We asked: why is the war in Ukraine a feminist question? Frieda Afary interviews a Ukrainian and a Russian feminist

Note of LeftEast editors: Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the war continues to have devastating effects on women. In the conditions of war, the processes of life-making are extremely precarious as cities are shelled, encircled, and public infrastructure like hospitals and schools continues to be under attack. In cities like Mariupol majority […]

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Frieda Afary’s Interview With a Russian Anti-War Feminist

We repost Frieda Afary’s interview with Ella Rossman, a feminist from Russia, a member of the coordinating group of Feminist Anti-War Resistance and a doctoral student at the University College London, who writes about gender and Soviet history.  She talks about the feminist anti-war solidarity with the resistance of Ukrainian people against Putin’s invasion,  and […]