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Do Not be Distracted by Rising Imperialists

Seven years after formally ceasing operations, the US navy’s 2nd fleet has been reactivated and ordered to the northern Atlantic as a means of confronting “bad actors” they believe hostile to imperialist interests. It is more than obvious these “actors” are in fact one actor—Russia. This is riding a high-tide of inter-imperialist tension and rivalry over control in strategic political and economic areas throughout the Third World. The United States, desperately attempting to hold onto its empire, sees any and all Russian activity—even its existence—as a threat to its survival. This is by no means exclusive to the Russian imperialists. China is a power capable of dislodging American imperialist hegemony from strategic markets, a reality that has stoked a similar policy in Asia.

Russia | Russia announces vast scale of world’s biggest military exercise since cold war – and China is taking part

Russia will flex its military muscles and hold the world’s biggest war games since the cold war era next month, including almost 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence ministry said, leading Nato to warn of a “more assertive Russia”.

The Vostok-2018, or East 18, exercises simulating large-scale warfare, which the Kremlin called “justified”, will be carried out from September 11 to 15 in the country’s east, with troops from China and Mongolia also taking part.

Russia | Russia 2.5 million petitions against the reform of retirement pensions delivered to the Duma

On July 5, it took a whole van to deposit the dozens of cartons containing two and a half million petitions against the draft bill to increase the retirement age, petitions that were collected by the Russian Labour Confederation (KTR).

Taking advantage of the opening of the Football World Cup, Prime Minister Medvedev had announced his intention to increase the age for retirement from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women. The vote on the draft bill is scheduled to take place in the Duma on July 19.

Russia | Nostalgia for the Soviet mud cure won’t stop the cull of Russian pensioners

by John Helmer

Early this month (June. – edit.) a Chinese reporter asked President Vladimir Putin for an intimate detail of his life noone had requested (or been given) before. Asked how much time he spends on exercise each day, Putin replied: “Every day I spend about 2–2.5 hours doing sports. I go to the gym, I swim, sometimes I get out on the mat, if I have sparring partners, and sometimes I play hockey.”

Russia | Russia: First Victory Against the Outlawing of the MPRA Union

The International workers committee against war and exploitation has good news to announce. The Supreme Court of the Federation of Russia has nullified the absurd decision taken by the Saint Petersburg tribunal, which last January delegalized the Inter-Regional Workers Association (MPRA) union, an independent trade union that organizes several thousands of members, especially in the car-making factories of multinational corporations.