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The Fallacy of ‘Novorossiya’s’ ‘Leftist’ Friends


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Labour Movement Must Oppose Restoring a Tsarist Colony in Ukraine

Imagine a campaign to support the abolition of Zimbabwe and restoration of the white colony of Rhodesia; it would be reactionary.  Yet that is precisely what is happening on the European left as regards Ukraine.

A section of the left, especially from the Stalinist tradition champions as progressive a war to restore “Novorossiya” (New Russia).  Novorossiya – was a state within the Russian Empire established in 1764 in areas of Southern Ukraine conquered by the Russian Tsar.   Ukraine was reduced to a colony, subject to national and economic oppression, a system of slavery know as serfdom was imposed, the Ukrainian language banned.  How is it possible that since the time of Marx and Engels socialists have been sworn enemies of Russian Imperialism, yet in the 21st Century Tsarist Russian chauvinism is being championed by people on the left…

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