The left in the Russian Federation

ENSU joins the global solidarity with Russian antifascists on January 19 under the slogans: No to Putin's war, fascism and dictatorship! Freedom to all Russian political prisoners! Solidarity with to Russian antifascists! To remember is to fight! ENSU members vote to endorse this RSD declaration.

The left in Russia (English texts)
La gauche en Russie (en français)
Die Linke in Russland (auf Deutsch)
De linkerzijde in Rusland (in het Nederlands)
La izquierda en Rusia (en castellano)
La sinistra in Russia (en italiano)
Η Αριστερά στη Ρωσία (στα ελληνικά)
Stânga în Rusia
The Left in Russia (other languages)
Debates over the proper approach to the Russo-Ukrainian War have dominated much of the year. Yet discussions within the western left have not always featured the perspectives of Ukrainians and Russians themselves. The Real News Network board member Bill Fletcher, in partnership with Haymarket Books, hosts a panel with Ukrainian and Russian academics.
Russian Socialist Movement (RSD) Call for solidarity with Russian antifascists
Solidarity call RSD (all languages)
For over a decade, Russian antifascists have commemorated January 19 as their day of solidarity. This is the date when in 2009, in the center of Moscow, the human rights and leftist activist Stanislav Markelov and the journalist and anarchist Anastasia Baburova were gunned down by neo-Nazis.
The murder of Markelov and Baburova became the culmination of the ultra-right terror of the 2000s, which killed hundreds of migrants and dozens of anti-fascists. For many years, while it was still possible, Russian activists held antifascist demonstrations and rallies on January 19 under the slogan "To remember is to fight!"
Today, when the Putin regime has invaded Ukraine and unleashed unprecedented repression against its own citizens who oppose the war, the date of January 19 takes on a new meaning. Back then the danger was posed by neo-Nazi groups, often acting with the connivance of the authorities.
Today, the ideology and practice of right-wing radicals have become the ideology and practice of the Russian regime itself, which is rapidly turning fascist over the course of its invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin is waging war not only against the Ukrainian people, but also against the Russian civil society resisting aggression. The brutal repressions hit, among other things, the left-wing movement: socialists, anarchists, feminists, labor unionists.
Before the New Year, the most famous left–wing politician in Russia, the democratic socialist Mikhail Lobanov, was arrested and beaten. The platform "Nomination" he created united the anti-war opposition in the municipal elections in Moscow in September 2022.
Kirill Ukraintsev, the leader of the Courier labor union and a well-known left-wing video blogger, has been in custody since April. The reason for the arrest were the protests and strikes the couriers organized as they sought to improve their working conditions.
A feminist, artist and anti-war activist Alexandra Skochilenko, who distributed anti-war symbols, faces a long prison term.
Six Anarchists – Kirill Brik, Deniz Aydin, Yuri Neznamov, Nikita Oleinik, Roman Paklin, Daniil Chertykov – were arrested in the so-called "Tyumen case." They were brutally tortured, seeking confessions in the preparation of sabotage.
Daria Polyudova, an activist of the Left Resistance group, was recently sentenced to nine (!) years in prison for "calls to extremism." Leftist journalist Igor Kuznetsov has been in prison for a year now, accused of “extremism” for his anti-war and anti-Putin views.
This is a far from exhaustive list of Russian leftists recently imprisoned or persecuted for their beliefs. As Russian activists forced to leave Russia for political reasons, we ask our foreign comrades and all those who care to support the antifascist action on January 19 under the slogans:
No to Putin's war, fascism and dictatorship!
Freedom to all Russian political prisoners!
Solidarity with to Russian antifascists!
To remember is to fight! Please send information about any solidarity actions during the week of January 19-24 – pickets, open meetings, online discussions, and even personal photos with posters – by e-mail to:

Russia: ‘I sacrificed myself to the regime, but I am not a terrorist’
Solidarity Zone
January 31, 2023
Solidariedade brasileira aos antifascistas russos
Revista Movimento
January 26, 2023
Russie. «Résister à la guerre et à la répression dans la Russie de Poutine»
Ivan Ovsyannikov Ashley Smith
January 26, 2023
It is always darkest before the dawn: how Russian anarchists today struggle for revolution
Combat Organization of Anarcho-Communists (BOAK)
January 25, 2023
Oorlog en verzet onder Poetin: een interview met Kirill Medvedev van de Russische Socialistische Beweging
Kirill Medvedev Federico Fuentes
January 24, 2023
Resisting war and repression in Putin’s Russia
Ashley Smith Ivan Ovsyannikov
January 22, 2023
Remember the Russians Who Fought Against Putin’s War
Ilya Budraitskis
January 22, 2023
Russian Socialist Movement: War and resistance under Putin
Kirill Medvedev Federico Fuentes
January 20, 2023
Krig og modstand under Putin
Kirill Medvedev Federico Fuentes
January 19, 2023
You’re Not Invited to Our Molotov Cocktail Party
Vesna Movement Ivan Astashin Armen Aramyan George Losev
January 19, 2023
Левый взгляд на перспективу мирных переговоров
Denis Bondar Zakhar Popovich
January 17, 2023
Russia: the time for protest has gone, it’s time for resistance
Armen Aramyan
January 17, 2023
Russia: What Mobilization Has Done to the Sverdlovsk Region
Alexei Rozhkov
January 16, 2023
Russia: Mikhail Lobanov: Why Police Raided My Home
Mikhail Lobanov
January 9, 2023
【呼籲聲援俄羅斯反戰活動者|Call for Solidarity Actions with Anti-war Activists in Russia】
Ilya Budraitskis
January 5, 2023
Solidaritet med antikrigs-aktivister i Rusland
Ruslands Socialistiske Bevægelse
January 5, 2023
Apel la acțiuni de solidaritate cu activiștii anti-război din Rusia
Mișcarea Socialistă Rusă (RSD)
January 5, 2023
Russland: Gegen die imperiale Aggression in der Ukraine und den politischen Terror in Russland!
Russländische Sozialistische Bewegung (RSD)
January 5, 2023
Solidarność z działaczami antywojennymi w Rosji!
January 4, 2023
Socialistas russos apelam à solidariedade com ativistas anti-guerra
Movimento Socialista Russo (RSD)
January 4, 2023
Llamamiento a acciones de solidaridad con los activistas anti-guerra en Rusia: ¡Recordar es luchar! ¡Contra la agresión imperial en Ucrania y el terror politíco en Rusia!
January 4, 2023
Appello per azioni di solidarietà con gli attivisti contro la guerra in Russia
January 4, 2023
Oproep tot solidariteitsacties met anti-oorlogsactivisten in R
January 4, 2023
Rusya’da Siyasi Terör: Savaş Karşıtı Aktivistlerle Dayanışma Çağrısı
Rusya Sosyalist Hareketi (RSD)
January 4, 2023
Αλληλεγγύη με τους αντιφασίστες Ρώσους!
Russian Socialist Movement (RSD)
January 4, 2023
Appel à des actions de solidarité avec les militants anti-guerre en Russie
Mouvement socialiste de Russie (RSD)
January 4, 2023
Call for solidarity actions with anti-war activists in Russia
Russian Socialist Movement (RSD)
January 4, 2023
”Construim mișcarea de rezistență pe un pământ pârjolit.” Conversație cu redacția Doxa, publicație de opoziție din Rusia
Commons DOXA
January 2, 2023
Burjatien: Vladimir Budaev über die Flucht vor der Mobilisierung und die Forderung nach einer Dekolonialisierung Russlands
Vladimir Budaev, Sophie Tiedemann
December 9, 2022
Russian society after nine months of war: from indifference to resistance [video]
Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat Felix Levin
November 29, 2022
„Dacă nu există popor, atunci nu există nici stânga”: istoria progresistă și patriotismul popular, de la firul ierbii
Chiril Medvedev
November 13, 2022
Russische und ukrainische Linke diskutieren über den Charakter des russischen Regimes: Putin Bonaparte
Peter Korig
October 27, 2022
Regardez nos opposants russes comme ils sont beaux … (et ne nous embêtez pas avec les Ukrainiens).
Vincent Pr
October 27, 2022
L’Unica Garanzia Per La Pace Sara’ La Completa Sconfitta Dell’esercito Russo E La Distruzione Di Putin E Del Suo Regime Fascista
Yavor Tarinski Anatoliy Dubovik Sergiy Shevchenko
October 23, 2022
“In Russia, we are experiencing shame, voicelessness, and the collapse of all the values”
Ilya Budraitskis Dmitry Vilensky
October 16, 2022
Strategies of anti-war movements in Russia
Masha Ivasenko
October 6, 2022
On words that do not save lives
Nikita Kadan
October 3, 2022
Tinder e pombos: protestos criativos desafiam repressão de Putin
Ernest Reid
October 1, 2022
War and resistance in Putin’s Russia
Ilya Budraitskis Ashley Smith
September 29, 2022
‘I won’t go and kill my brothers!’: Russians set fire to draft centres
Olya Romashova
September 29, 2022
Russia: List of national anti-war initiatives
September 29, 2022
Fünf Texte aus der russischen Antikriegsbewegung
ak - analyse & kritik | Zeitung für linke Debatte und Praxis
September 23, 2022
После: Ούτε ένας στρατιώτης για τον εγκληματικό πόλεμο!
September 23, 2022
Russia: Editorial (Posle) Not a single soldier for Putin's criminal war!
September 22, 2022
Russia: “Putin Doesn’t Know Any War Except Class War”
Posle Mikhail Lobanov Aleksandra Zapolski
September 2, 2022
“Don’t exaggerate the influence of Russian propaganda” Ukrainian socialist Taras Bilous serves in the military - and right from there he fights the stereotypes of the Western left about Ukraine (and Russia). We spoke to him
Taras Bilous
August 24, 2022
Russia: The Anarcho-Communist Combat Organization
CrimethInc. Anarcho-Communist Combat Organization
August 22, 2022
Russia: Being an Antifa: On Anti-Fascist Activism and Its Fate
August 7, 2022
Η αριστερά απέναντι στη ρωσική εισβολή
Δημήτρης Μπιτουλάς-Κουρούσης Ilya Budraitskis
August 6, 2022
A esquerda e a resistência na retaguarda de Putin
João Woyzeck
July 31, 2022
Συνεχιζόμενο σαμποτάζ και αντίσταση στον πόλεμο στη Ρωσία και την Ουκρανία: Συνέντευξη με την BOAK/Αναρχική Κομμουνιστική Οργάνωση Μάχης
July 29, 2022
Interview d’un groupe anarchiste de saboteurs anti-guerre russes agissant en Russie
Hacking Lord Sutch BOAK
July 20, 2022
Poetins Oorlog Tegen Oekraïne Gaat Niet Om Veiligheid, Maar Om Imperialistische Belangen
Ilya Matveev
July 20, 2022
Why? Because!”: how an Russian anti-war exhibition was turned into a pro-war event
July 20, 2022
Entrevista com o socialista russo Ilya Matveev
Fred Fuentes Ilya Maatveev
July 19, 2022
Russian socialist Ilya Matveev: ‘Putin’s war on Ukraine is not about security, it is about imperialist interests’
Ilya Matveev Federico Fuentes
July 17, 2022
Studenți ruși împotriva războiului
Posle.Media SAD
July 15, 2022
Russia intimidates indigenous activists at UN meeting
July 11, 2022
Russiske anarkister tager ansvar for jernbane-sabotage og nedbrænding af militærkontorer
Morten Hammeken
July 7, 2022
Russian feminists in solidarity
July 7, 2022
This train is on fire: how Russian partisans set fire to military registration and enlistment offices and derail trains
Alisa Zemlyanskaya
July 6, 2022
Im Inneren des russischen Widerstands
Interview Mit Der Russischen Feministin Sasha
July 6, 2022
Partigiani anarchici rivendicano gli attentati in Russia
July 6, 2022
La invasión de Rusia a Ucrania: una perspectiva antiimperialista
Ilya Matveev Federico Fuentes
July 1, 2022
Ίλια Μπουντράιτσκις: «Στην προπαγάνδα του Κρεμλίνου “ναζί” χαρακτηρίζεται όποιος αντιτίθεται στη Ρωσία»
Θοδωρής Αντωνόπουλος
July 1, 2022
'Russia needs to be defeated': Russian socialists in exile say Putin has to be defeated in Ukraine
Charles R. Davis
June 28, 2022
Siamo ogni giorno di più
Cellula rivoluzionaria del Volga
June 26, 2022
Nel coro anonimo della dissidenza russa, la parola letteraria contro la menzogna
Valentina Parisi
June 26, 2022
Доклад ФАС на 50-й сессии Совета по правам человека
June 25, 2022
Inside the Russian Resistance Against Putin’s War
Ashley Smith
June 23, 2022
Студенты против войны. Часть первая
Posle All-Russia Initiative PhysTech Against War Viatka Whispers Groza Media Tyumen State University Initiative Group
June 14, 2022
Russia: Students against the War. Part One
Posle All-Russia Initiative PhysTech Against War Viatka Whispers Groza Media Tyumen State University Initiative Group
June 14, 2022
Nașterea și moartea ”lumii ruse”: istoria unui concept
Ilya Budratskis
June 12, 2022
La cara femenina del movimiento antiguerra: ¿Por qué protestan las mujeres?
Ella Rossman
June 11, 2022
Entrevista a Ilya Budraitskis. "El derecho de autodeterminación es algo que la izquierda ha defendido siempre”
Ilya Budraitskis Dmitry Sidorov
June 9, 2022
The Fractured Russian Opposition
Naomi Cohen Ilya Budraitskis
June 8, 2022
Αυτοδιάθεση: από τις βασικές αξίες της αριστεράς
Dmitriy Sidorov Ilya Budraitskis
June 2, 2022
Interview with the Russian Socialist Movement: The Revolutionary Left in Russia on the Resistance behind Putin's Front
RSD João Woyzeck
June 2, 2022
【反對普京在烏克蘭發動戰爭:訪問俄國左翼社運人士伊利亞·布德雷茨基斯|Against Putin’s War in Ukraine: Interview with Ilya Budraitskis】
Ashley Smith Ilya Budraitskis
May 30, 2022
Ukraine, Russland und die Linken
Ivo Georgiev
April 27, 2022
O exército russo atolado na Ucrânia, Putin quer esmagar toda a oposição na Rússia
Alexey Sakhnin
April 9, 2022
Rússia: "É urgente renovar a abordagem internacionalista da esquerda europeia"
Hladnik Milharčič Ilya Boudraitskis
April 9, 2022
Opposition current in the Communist Party of the Russian Federation
March 3, 2022
Movimento Socialista Russo toma posição contra “imperialismo russo”
February 22, 2022
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