Daily Archives: November 18, 2017

“We remember the atrocities in Odessa”

October 14, 2017 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a protest action was held in front of the Ukrainian embassy. The immediate reason for the action was the law on education, which infringes the rights of Bulgarians living in Ukraine. However, the protesters approached the issue extensively. On homemade placards they wrote: “Children are killed in the Donbas, innocent people are killed. Wake up. Stop Fascism!”, “Ukraine has no place in the EU”, “We remember the atrocities in Odessa”, “Tribute Poroshenko” and others. Three protest declarations were read. The protest lasted two and a half hours, accompanied by speeches of participants, the singing of patriotic songs and vigilant police guard. At the end of the rally numerous black balls were released into the sky in memory of people killed by the fascist junta during the events in Odessa.
The organizers of the protest were the civil movement for the left association “NDLO”, the movement of Russophiles named after Petko Voyvoda, the movement “Che Guevara” and a number of other leftist groups.
In the final resolution, the rally participants expressed concern about the fate of the Bulgarians living in Ukraine, supported the refusal of Ukrainian Bulgarians to participate in the civil war on the side of Kiev and expressed concern over the preparation of the “law on the occupied territories”, which makes Kiev an aggressor against its own country.
The rally participants urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop lawlessness and stigmatization against their own Ukrainian people, change the policy towards national minorities and, in particular, the Bulgarians, and adhere to the Minsk agreements, which, according to the rally participants, are the only correct way out of the Ukrainian crisis.

Russia | The Russian revolution: some economic notes

Michael Roberts

It’s almost exactly 100 years to the day (on the modern calendar) since the revolutionary insurrection in St Petersburg that led to the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social Democrats gaining control of the major organs of power and establishing the rule of workers Soviets.