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AWU Statement on Russian Intervention in Crimea

Keeping up with the situation in Ukraine is, as with all volatile events, a full time job best handled by people at the heart of the matter. We’re not in Ukraine, but we do know people who are– the Autonomous Worker Union. Here is there is statement about the violent “pacification” of Crimea, and their plea for western leftists to cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.


On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian chauvinists of Crimea, supported by Berkut riot police and Russian Black Sea Fleet committed military coup in Crimea. Right now it’s already obvious that the government of “Russian Unity” movement headed by Aksionov is no more than a puppet of the Kremlin regime.
We don’t regard Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability of its borders as a value, we are against violent “pacification” of Crimea, but we think that the status of Crimea should be defined with due regard to the opinion of the Crimean Tatar minority.
The latest events show that Putin is not going to limit himself with the annexation of Crimea. The aim of the imperialist Kremlin regime is to expand the Russian practices on all territory of Ukraine.
Thereby the Russian regime proved to be the main threat to the interests of the proletariat at the post-Soviet area.
We are opponents of war and militarism. But we think that in this situation conscious proletarians can rely on nobody but themselves.
There’s no point in waiting for “rescue” from Nato. Ukrainian nationalist politicians can only organize defense of a part of territory at best. The war can be averted only if proletarians of all countries, first and foremost Ukrainian and Russian, together make a stand against the criminal regime of Putin.
Joint action by the Ukrainian and Russian proletariat and all progressive democratic forces which will put an end to Putin’s regime, will also mean an end to the current neoliberal-oriented nationalist regime in Ukraine.
While for the leftists and anarchists of the West it’s high time to cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.
No war between nations, no peace between classes!

We agree!

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More on the crisis in the Ukraine


“Volatile” does not even come close to describing the current political landscape in the Ukraine. As of the day this post is published, President Viktor Yanukovych has taken a “sick leave” and talks have stalled; prime minister Mykola Azarov resigned on the 27th of January and the parliament voted to repeal the anti-protest laws— though the laws won’t officially be repealed until the president signs off on them.

Now again, we feature work from our comrades in the Ukraine, this time in an interview with nihilist.li: “This interview with a comrade from the Autonomous Workers’ Union in Kiev was done on January 28, 2014. It sheds some light on the events around the Maidan: the array of reasons behind the protests, their focus on the hated president, the differences to the “orange revolution”, the role of the right, the weakness of social struggles and possible scenarios.

Here, they discuss the involvement of ultra-nationalist and neo-nazi groups in the protests:

Q: Right-wing parties and fascist groups play a role in the protests. How important are they actually? Do they get much support? How do other protesters relate to them?

A: Far right party Svoboda is the most organized of the three large political forces trying to control the protest. They are the only party which has real active cells in various regions, actual activist base. So, as the most organized and the most ideological of the three, they are gaining the most. Apart from Svoboda, there is an umbrella coalition of neo-nazi militant groups. It is called Right Sector. They were formed in the beginning of the protests, and by now they’ve succeeded to gain enormous prominence and conquer sympathies from apolitical and liberal people. They are mostly famous by their demonstrative militancy and aggression, and the public doesn’t see anything wrong with these cute young patriots. Lately, the same pattern repeats in other regions, where neo-nazi football hooligans turned out to be the main assault force fighting the police and pro-government thugs.

The fascist hegemony was indisputable until January 19th, when the protests were joined by lots of other people – random apolitical citizens, liberals and even the left. That happened because the agenda of the protests shifted to repealing the “dictatorship laws” passed on January 16. Since then they had to step back a bit but nevertheless it’s obvious that in the long run these protests will enormously benefit the far right, whoever wins. In the case of the victory of the opposition, they will surely get themselves the police forces, special services etc. If Yanukovych wins, this means that half of the country will become firm supporters of the far-right as supposedly the only patriotic radical force able to confront the dictator.

Meanwhile, most left activists also joined the protests after January 19 because those laws will severely damage them as well. They found their niche in infrastructural activities, such as vigils in emergency hospitals: they stay there in order to prevent police and thugs kidnap the wounded. Other area of left activity is the above mentioned attempt at igniting the political strike.

Read the entire interview here.

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Siberian Miners Riot Against Safety Concerns and Low Wages

Russian Miners Clash With Police

From ITAR-TASS News Agency

MOSCOW, May 15 (Itar-Tass) — Twenty-eight people have been detained for resistance to police in Mezhdurechensk where two methane explosions at a coalmine claimed at last 66 lives and left over 20 missing and more than 90 injured last weekend.

A criminal case has also been opened, the Investigation Committee under the Prosecutor General’s Office (SKP) told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

On May 14, “residents of Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo region, blocked a section of the railway line between Novokuznetsk and Abakan” delaying about 20 trains, SKP said.

“Negotiations conducted by regional administration officials and police failed,” it added.

“Soon after that OMON started forcing the people off the railway tracks. They offered active resistance, throwing rocks and bottles at the policemen,” SKP said.

It said the situation had been normalised by 1 a.m. May 15. “Twenty- eight active participants in the action were taken to the police station in Mezhdurechensk. As of this moment, we know of six injured policemen,” SKP said.

A criminal case has been opened for “use of violence against a government official”.

Kemerovo region Governor Aman Tuleyev said about 50 people had blocked the railway line between Mezhdurechensk and Abakan for three hours last night.

“Twenty-eight people were detained. The investigation is under way. There are only two miners among them, nut they have no relation to Raspadskaya. These are mainly unemployed local gang leaders. For example, one of the detainees, Anton Gerasimov, introduced himself as a mine worker, but after a check was run it turned out that he was on the federal police’s wanted list. He was one of the initiators of the march to the railway line,” the governor said.

“Several cars carrying vodka and sandwiches were detained on the way to Mezhdurechensk last night as well. There are very many people in the city now who have no relation either to mass media or Kuzbass. It’s obvious that the people were worked up,” Tuleyev said.

Miners from the Raspadskaya coalmine did not block a railway line, their leader Yelena Pershina said.

“When we were in the square after the funeral, there were attempts to draw us into this, and people would approach us and pull at the sleeves, but we did not go for it,” she told journalists.

Regional police chief Alexander Yelin said 17 OMON policemen were injured during the incident. Two of them received craniocerebral and 15 light injuries. Of those who blocked the railway line, five sought medical attention in Mezhdurechensk as out-patients.

The transport prosecutor’s office is deciding whether to open a criminal case. These people got mainly their hands and faces bruised because they jumped at the shields, Yelin said.

“Today I met with the initiative group that represents the interest of Raspadskaya coalminers. They told me of the wage situation at the mine and other social issues. I learned many interesting things about the mine management’s work. We are investigating all facts. I agreed with all of their demands and ordered my deputies to solve these issues as soon as possible,” Yelin said.

On Friday, Russian Railways Company said more than 20 freight trains and one passenger train with 204 passengers onboard were delayed in Mezhdurechensk for several hours after local residents had blocked the railway line between Karai and Mechdurechensk.

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