Revolutionary Communism, No. 21, March 2014 (Special Issue on Russian Imperialism)


Ukraine: Rivalry between Imperialist Powers escalates


Ukraine/Russia: Down with imperialist colonialism!



I.             What are the Criteria for an Imperialist State?

Imperialism and Super-Exploitation

II.           Russia: The Nature of its Monopoly Capital and its Status as a Great Imperialist Power


State Capitalism

Excurse: The Breakdown in the 1990s and Putin’s Solution of a Bonapartist-Restorationist Regime

Russia’s Rise as an Economic Power

Capital Export of Russian Monopolies

Russia as a Great Political and Military Power

III.          Rebuilding the Empire: Putin’s Drive to Expand the Grip of Russian Imperialism

Russia’s Internal Colonies

Putin’s Eurasian Union: An Imperialist Attempt to Subjugate Central Asian and Eastern European Semi-Colonies

Migration and Super-Exploitation

IV.          The Distinguishing Characteristics of Russia as an Imperialist Power

V.           The Arguments of Our Critics

WIVP (South Africa): Russia is a Semi-Colony of German Imperialism

LCFI: From “Imperialist” to “Pre-Imperialist” China and Russia

The LCFI Schematic: An A-historic and Un-dialectical Understanding of Imperialism

The Great Imperialist Powers before 1914

Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks on Russia as an Imperialist Power

An Ultra-Left Version of Kautskyianism

Inverted Social-Imperialists

VI.          Appendix: Political and Economic Problems of Capitalist Restoration in Russia (2001)

The Putin regime as a strong bonapartist-restorationist regime capable of pushing through capitalist restoration

Russiaas a weak imperialist power

On the concept of restorationist Bonapartism

August 1998: a pre-revolutionary crisis which ended in a counter-revolutionary defeat for the workers movement

Whiter Russia?

The democratic question and permanent revolution



Revolutionary Communism No. 21 has 44 pages.


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