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The collapse of the USSR and the rise of Putin

Date: Sunday 6th November
Time: 15:15 - 17:00
Location: Majorie Sykes
Speaker: Niklas Albin Svensson

We are told that the USSR was nothing but a totalitarian dictatorship. Its collapse and the restoration of capitalism were greeted with triumphant arrogance by capitalist apologists, who declared the final triumph of bourgeois democracy and the ‘end of history’. The assumption was that capitalist democracy would spread freedom and prosperity all over the world, and that Russia would enjoy a glittering future of friendly relations with the West.

In reality, capitalism brought to Russia one of the biggest economic crises in world history, and an explosion of inequality and social problems. Capitalist Russia brought to the world the oligarch.

Putin’s regime expresses the acute crisis capitalism brought to Russia, and his antagonism with the West demonstrates that capitalism cannot bring peace, prosperity and democracy to the world. Instead, capitalism means wars and repression.

Recommended reading: Russia: the nature of the Putin regime