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12 July 2017
Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent
6 July 2017
When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act
5 July 2017
Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party's LGBT group, highlights some of the issues being discussed in this year's Pride celebrations and examines the lessons of the Russian revolution for the struggle for LGBT+ rights today
29 March 2017
Lenin's arrival from exile on 3 April 1917 turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history.
22 March 2017
On International Women's Day, Salford Socialist Party hosted a well-attended public meeting with some interesting debates
15 March 2017
International Women's Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.
1 March 2017
The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role
22 February 2017
The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year
15 February 2017
Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!
8 February 2017
Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.
18 January 2017
The Committee for a Workers' International is to launch a new website celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution
27 September 2016
Review by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe of "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky", published in the latest issue of Socialism Today.
28 June 2016
The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...
8 June 2016
50 years ago the 'Cultural Revolution' began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe for Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in February 1967.
1 June 2016
Workers across France are stepping up their action against the country's new labour law, with strikes in various sectors and big demonstrations. The French working class has a long history of struggle, including widespread sit-in strikes in May-June 1936. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this movement, and to learn its lessons, here we carry an extract from an article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and published in Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in 1978.
2 September 2015
100 years ago, during the carnage of World War One, a small number of socialist delegates assembled at an anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland.
11 February 2015
Last year was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, covered by the Socialist in previous issues. But when the war ended, it was in a wave of revolution, most notably in Russia in 1917, but also Germany in 1918
29 October 2014
The October revolution (7-8 November in the modern calendar) of 1917 in Russia was the greatest event in human history. Under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, it brought into existence the first, and so far the only, workers-led government to hold power for any length of time
21 January 2014
In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. Peter Taaffe reviews Lih's book: "Lenin"
14 January 2013
The SWP today finds its ideological roots in post-1945 British Trotskyism, which split into three main trends...
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