Russian Section of the Committee for a Workers' International

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Russian Section of the Committee for a Workers' International
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Newspaper Социалистическая Альтернатива
(Socialist Alternative)
Ideology Trotskyism
Political position Far-left
International affiliation Committee for a Workers' International
Colours Red
Politics of Russia
Political parties

The Russian Section of the Committee for a Workers' International (Russian: Российская секция Комитета за Рабочий Интернационал, Rossijskaja sekcija Komiteta za Rabochij Internacional) is a Trotskyist political party in Russia. It is affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International. The organisation publishes a newspaper, Socialist Alternative. Its largest branches are in Moscow.


From the early 1990s to 2009, a single CWI section called Socialist Resistance (Sotsialisticheskoye Soprotivleniye), existed in the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. In 2005, a group of members left to form the VPERED. In 2009, a split occurred due to different positions on the 2008 South Ossetia War,[1] with about half of the Russian members leaving the CWI. They continued using the Socialist Resistance name in Russia, while the CWI members in the CIS reorganized into the new Russian section and Socialist Resistance of Kazakhstan. In 2011, the Socialist league VPERED and Socialist Resistance reunited, to form the Russian Socialist Movement (RSD).[2]

LGBT rights campaigning[edit]

Sotsialisticheskoye Soprotivleniye and CWI members have been at the forefront of LGBT rights camapigns in Russia. In 2002, member and gay rights activist Sergei Kozlovskii was sued by Tamara Dadianova for the huge sum of 50,000 rubles in a court in Yaroslavl, after he had spoken of how she and her friends had verbally abused him over his sexuality and tried to force him out of a poetry venue.[3][4]

Members have also participated in Moscow pride activities, arguing for radical campaigning to fight for LGBT rights. They organised a picket outside the Mayor of Moscow's office after the 2006 pride march was banned.[5] They also attempted to take part in the 2007 event which was similarly banned, which was widely reported after the arrest of British activist Peter Tatchell and German parliamentarian Volker Beck.[6]


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  2. ^ Vpered and Socialist Resistance merge into Russian Socialist Movement
  3. ^ Show trial in Yaroslavl - Retrieved 21/08/07
  4. ^ Socialist and gay rights activist faces political repression and huge legal fine - Retrieved 21/08/07
  5. ^ Police and fascists attack Moscow Pride - Retrieved 21/08/07
  6. ^ - Retrieved 21/08/07

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