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Forum: “The Left and Labour in Russia Under Putin”

With Boris Kagarlitsky, Institute For Globalization and Social Movements, Moscow.

Since the collapse of the old Soviet Union in the 1990s and the end of the politically bankrupt regime of Boris Yeltsin in 2000, Vladimir Putin has consolidated power in Russia. He has ruled over an economy growing at about 7% per year, and, in Kagarlitsky's view, establishing Russia as an 'empire of the periphery'. The left and workers have faced enormous challenges in the new (and not so new) Russia in the face of massive economic restructuring and major political obstacles. This discussion will address how the left, workers and unions are attempting to re-group and respond to these challenges.

Kagarlitsky's latest book is Empire of the Periphery published by Pluto.

Sponsored by Socialist Project, Socialist Voice and New Socialist Group. Recorded April 3, 2008 at OISE, Toronto, Canada. More information on WikiPedia.

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