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July 17, 1919: Liberation of Miass, Russia, from Kolchak’s White Guards and restoration of Soviet power.

Thank you to comrade Natalya Fedoruk for this people’s history of 95 years ago that most of us have never heard:

In January 1918, the Miass Council of Workers’ Deputies proclaimed Soviet power. Soviet power was achieved peacefully. The 8-hour day was introduced, workers took control over production, the city treasury and food supply were centralized, free education and health care were introduced, etc.

On April 28, 1918, Miass held the first universal, equal, direct election in the city’s history for the Board of Deputies of workers and cossacks. The population voted for the Bolsheviks. A Bolshevik, Nikolai Sviridov, was elected to head the Boar. 

On May 27, 1918, a group of Red Guards departed to aid workers in Zlatoust. On May 29, with the city unguarded, there was an armed rebellion of local counter-revolutionaries and companies of the Czech army against the elected Council and the population. Killed without trial were N. Sviridov Chair of the Board; Chair of the Revolutionary Committee N.Romanenko; Bolsheviks, deputies, and activists of the Council: Germak, V. Petrovsky, A. Vinokurov, P. Garin, E. Elorimov, T. Elorimov, P. Zhelnin, A. Saburov. N. Gorelov. 

On May 31 (according to some sources, June 1), a detachment of Red Guards were ambushed and defeated. The Whites hung Fyodor Gorelova, who covered the retreat of the Red Guards.

From June 1918 to July 1919 was the period of White Guard terrorism. Miass was placed under martial law. People were arrested on the slightest suspicion of sympathizing with the Soviet government. Fighters of the Turgojak Red Guard units were shot. 

On June 11, 1918, in the vicinity of the Polikarpovskoy mill, an Estonian communist intelligence battalion was ambushed and killed. In 20 days in June 1918 the White Cossacks arrested 96 workers in Miass. In the area near Turgojak [a lake near Miass], those arrested were hacked to bits or thrown alive into two mines. 

Miass was constantly combating the Whites. Risking their lives, young activists V. Gaytanov, G. Suhanov, M. Batin did underground political work. They pasted up leaflets at night, beckoning the population to fight against Kolchak. Workers V. Morozov, B. Andreev, N. Rykov and others took machinery from the factory and hid it at the bottom of the river, preventing the removal of Miassa factory equipment. 

In the summer of 1919, along the line of the Eastern Front, the Red Army began a rapid advance. In mid-July the 5th Army, commanded by Tukhachevsky, came into Miasskoe valley. The Whites were well entrenched on the Chashkovskih mountains, and in the case of retreat planned to burn Miass by firing incendiary shells. Young Miass workers Nikolai Torbeev and Stepan Baidin secretly sneaked into Chrysostom, came to the headquarters of the Red Army and offered to help them attack the White troops from the rear. The vanguard walked around the White’s position at night and broke into Miass from the rear. Panic began in the enemy camp. This was the signal for a general offensive of the Red Army. After a short fight Kolchak fled. Soon they were cleaned out of Miass. 

On July 17, 1919, Soviet power was restored in Miass. 

Remember, comrades! The heroes of the October Revolution and the Civil War gave their lives for socialism — a society of social justice for the people’s state, for a better life of the working people. We, the citizens of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, had huge gains under socialism, from free education to free housing! Our duty is to achieve socialism for our descendants!

First photo: Civil War memorial in Miass, Russia.

Second photo: Young activists restoring the mass grave memorial of the Red reconnaissance battalion of the Estonian Communists, ambushed by Kolchak’s White Guards on June 11, 1918 in the area of the Polikarpovskoy mill (now the street Fallen Fighters in the city of Miass).

Third photo: Monument to heroic Red Guard Fyodor Gorelov, murdered by the Whites on June 1, 1918.

Fourth photo: Memorial at mass grave of workers killed by the White Guards near Miass, Russia.

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Zoom July 8, 2014: 20th anniversary of the death of Comrade Kim Il Sung, leader of the Korean Revolution
Kim Il Sung: Anti-Imperialist Fighter, Socialist Hero
On July 9, 1994, Workers World Party Chairperson Sam Marcy sent the following statement to Comrade Kim Jong Il, the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea and the State Funeral Committee of President Kim Il Sung.
Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il:
The National Committee of Workers World Party extends our deepest condolences on the passing of the great leader of the Korean people, Comrade President Kim Il Sung.
Comrade Kim Il Sung devoted his whole life to the Korean people’s struggle for national self-determination and the international working-class struggle for socialist emancipation. With his leadership, the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine.
For over 40 years since the armistice, the U.S. military has continued to occupy the south of Korea with troops and nuclear weapons. This occupation has been the chief obstacle to peaceful reunification of Korea and poses the chief danger of a new war on the peninsula.
The recent nuclear crisis is the latest episode in a long history of Pentagon threats and provocation against Korea. At a time when the people of the United States are suffering from unemployment, racism and a general decline in living standards, another U.S. war against Korea would be a terrible crime against the poor and working people of the U.S. as well as against the people of Korea.
Comrade Kim Il Sung worked tirelessly to bring about the peaceful reunification of Korea and to forge a lasting peace on the peninsula. Workers World Party, representing class-conscious workers in the U.S., understands that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s great efforts to achieve peace and reunification met the aspirations of the Korean people and also benefited the poor and working people of the U.S.
It is Kim Il Sung’s remarkable achievement that in his own lifetime he became a symbol of national liberation and reunification for the Korean people, and a symbol of the anti-imperialist and socialist struggles of all the world’s peoples. Although U.S. imperialism tried at every opportunity to blockade, threaten and sabotage the construction of socialism in the north, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea stands strong. The accomplishments of socialist construction will be a lasting monument to the leadership of Comrade Kim Il Sung.
International developments in the last few years have created great difficulties for the working class and oppressed peoples of the world. And in the face of these difficulties some have wavered or even abandoned the struggle. But Comrade Kim Il Sung and the Workers Party of Korea refused to let go of the principles of revolutionary socialist internationalism.
Leadership in times of great difficulties is what makes a leader truly great.
Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. And it is with the most profound sense of loss that we mark his passing. Yet it is also with the greatest revolutionary optimism that we are confident that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s legacy will live on with your efforts to win new victories for the Korean people. His contributions and achievements for the cause of international socialism for all humanity will never be forgotten.
With comradely solidarity, Sam Marcy Chairperson, Workers World Party

July 8, 2014: 20th anniversary of the death of Comrade Kim Il Sung, leader of the Korean Revolution

Kim Il Sung: Anti-Imperialist Fighter, Socialist Hero

On July 9, 1994, Workers World Party Chairperson Sam Marcy sent the following statement to Comrade Kim Jong Il, the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea and the State Funeral Committee of President Kim Il Sung.

Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il:

The National Committee of Workers World Party extends our deepest condolences on the passing of the great leader of the Korean people, Comrade President Kim Il Sung.

Comrade Kim Il Sung devoted his whole life to the Korean people’s struggle for national self-determination and the international working-class struggle for socialist emancipation. With his leadership, the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine.

For over 40 years since the armistice, the U.S. military has continued to occupy the south of Korea with troops and nuclear weapons. This occupation has been the chief obstacle to peaceful reunification of Korea and poses the chief danger of a new war on the peninsula.

The recent nuclear crisis is the latest episode in a long history of Pentagon threats and provocation against Korea. At a time when the people of the United States are suffering from unemployment, racism and a general decline in living standards, another U.S. war against Korea would be a terrible crime against the poor and working people of the U.S. as well as against the people of Korea.

Comrade Kim Il Sung worked tirelessly to bring about the peaceful reunification of Korea and to forge a lasting peace on the peninsula. Workers World Party, representing class-conscious workers in the U.S., understands that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s great efforts to achieve peace and reunification met the aspirations of the Korean people and also benefited the poor and working people of the U.S.

It is Kim Il Sung’s remarkable achievement that in his own lifetime he became a symbol of national liberation and reunification for the Korean people, and a symbol of the anti-imperialist and socialist struggles of all the world’s peoples. Although U.S. imperialism tried at every opportunity to blockade, threaten and sabotage the construction of socialism in the north, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea stands strong. The accomplishments of socialist construction will be a lasting monument to the leadership of Comrade Kim Il Sung.

International developments in the last few years have created great difficulties for the working class and oppressed peoples of the world. And in the face of these difficulties some have wavered or even abandoned the struggle. But Comrade Kim Il Sung and the Workers Party of Korea refused to let go of the principles of revolutionary socialist internationalism.

Leadership in times of great difficulties is what makes a leader truly great.

Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. And it is with the most profound sense of loss that we mark his passing. Yet it is also with the greatest revolutionary optimism that we are confident that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s legacy will live on with your efforts to win new victories for the Korean people. His contributions and achievements for the cause of international socialism for all humanity will never be forgotten.

With comradely solidarity, Sam Marcy Chairperson, Workers World Party

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Monument to V.I. Lenin in Kuban, southern Russia.

Via Vladimir Lenin - Leader of the World Proletariat

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Santiago, Chile: Tribute to President Salvador Allende on his 108th birthday, June 26, 2014.

Photos by Silvio Rivera Duran

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Zoom Red Salute to Comrade A. Jalaludeen, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) State Committee Member, Kerala, June 21, 2014.
Via SUCI (C)

Red Salute to Comrade A. Jalaludeen, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) State Committee Member, Kerala, June 21, 2014.

Via SUCI (C)

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Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine: Activists of Union Borotba (Struggle) held an antiwar rally in honor of the memory of victims of the Great Patriotic War, June 22, 2014. 

Activists laid flowers and candles at the Monument of Fame, as well as at the monument to General E.G. Pushkin.

Via Borotba

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Simferopol, Crimea: Borotba activists commemorate victims of the Great Patriotic War 

At 4:00 am on June 22, on the day of memory to those who fell in the Great Patriotic War, activists of Union Borotba (Struggle) laid flowers at Simferopol Park. A memorial was held at the Gagarin monument and the Eternal Flame. 

Odessa Borotba Coordinator and Regional Council Deputy Alexei Albu recalled the tragedy which led to fascism and stressed that the Great Patriotic War was a class war.   

“People deliberately went to their deaths, braving suffering and deprivation, and deliberately sacrificed themselves, because they knew what they were fighting and dying for. Indeed, the idea of ​​building a new society without exploitation, poverty, war and devastation is something we should all be willing to die for,” said Albu.

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Zoom Nadja Tesich: A tribute
By Sara Flounders
Political activist, author, poet and filmmaker Nadja Tesich was born in Užice, Serbia, Yugoslavia, in 1939 and died Feb. 20 in New York City. She lived her life outspoken and full of righteous rage at the enormous destruction of U.S. wars and the glaring injustice and inequality that surrounded her. She felt collective pain personally, even physically, and identified with defenseless people targeted on the other side of the world or someone passing her on a busy street.
Nadja came to all events wearing always a splash of red — whether a red beret, red scarf or red jacket, or bearing red carnations. She loved Cuba and often said it was the only place she felt she could breathe.
At a memorial for Nadja on May 29, her family, friends and political comrades expressed the rainbow of ways she touched them. We remember her for her political activism, starting from defending the National Liberation Front of Vietnam in the 1960s.
From the beginning days of the International Action Center, Nadja was part of IAC life. She had fought against U.S. wars in Vietnam, coups in Congo, Chile and Greece; she was active in the mass demonstrations against the Iraq War in 1991 and again in 2003.

Nadja Tesich: A tribute

By Sara Flounders

Political activist, author, poet and filmmaker Nadja Tesich was born in Užice, Serbia, Yugoslavia, in 1939 and died Feb. 20 in New York City. She lived her life outspoken and full of righteous rage at the enormous destruction of U.S. wars and the glaring injustice and inequality that surrounded her. She felt collective pain personally, even physically, and identified with defenseless people targeted on the other side of the world or someone passing her on a busy street.

Nadja came to all events wearing always a splash of red — whether a red beret, red scarf or red jacket, or bearing red carnations. She loved Cuba and often said it was the only place she felt she could breathe.

At a memorial for Nadja on May 29, her family, friends and political comrades expressed the rainbow of ways she touched them. We remember her for her political activism, starting from defending the National Liberation Front of Vietnam in the 1960s.

From the beginning days of the International Action Center, Nadja was part of IAC life. She had fought against U.S. wars in Vietnam, coups in Congo, Chile and Greece; she was active in the mass demonstrations against the Iraq War in 1991 and again in 2003.

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Odessa, Ukraine: Memorial for the victims of the May 2 fascist massacre at Kulikovo Fields and the House of Trade Unions, June 10, 2014.

More photos of the memorial here

Photo essay: Inside the House of Trade Unions

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Zoom Lugansk People’s Republic: A woman places flowers near the site of the Ukrainian military’s June 2 terror-bombing of the regional administration building.
Billionaire Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election and will be sworn in as the country’s new leader on Saturday.
Poroshenko announced that Kiev would step up its military operation shortly after exit polls predicted his victory in the election, saying that Kiev’s activities in the southeast of the country “will be more effective and military units must be better equipped.”
Following Poroshenko’s statement, the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions significantly deteriorated as clashes between self-defense forces and Kiev troops intensified. In the course of the following two days, Kiev deployed fighter jets and helicopters to attack Donetsk International Airport.
In Lugansk, Kiev admitted firing “more than 150 missiles” from fighter jets on Monday alone.
The total death toll as a result of the so-called “anti-terrorist” operation has so far been put at 181 people, including 59 of the ruling regime’s troops. Another 293 injured people were injured. These figures were stated by the country’s Prosecutor General, Oleg Makhnitsky, on Tuesday. However, it is unclear if the number of fatalities includes self-defense forces as well.
Via RT

Lugansk People’s Republic: A woman places flowers near the site of the Ukrainian military’s June 2 terror-bombing of the regional administration building.

Billionaire Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election and will be sworn in as the country’s new leader on Saturday.

Poroshenko announced that Kiev would step up its military operation shortly after exit polls predicted his victory in the election, saying that Kiev’s activities in the southeast of the country “will be more effective and military units must be better equipped.”

Following Poroshenko’s statement, the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions significantly deteriorated as clashes between self-defense forces and Kiev troops intensified. In the course of the following two days, Kiev deployed fighter jets and helicopters to attack Donetsk International Airport.

In Lugansk, Kiev admitted firing “more than 150 missiles” from fighter jets on Monday alone.

The total death toll as a result of the so-called “anti-terrorist” operation has so far been put at 181 people, including 59 of the ruling regime’s troops. Another 293 injured people were injured. These figures were stated by the country’s Prosecutor General, Oleg Makhnitsky, on Tuesday. However, it is unclear if the number of fatalities includes self-defense forces as well.

Via RT

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