russian imperialism

neil 74742.1651 at compuserve.com
Thu Aug 1 18:46:37 MDT 1996


dear friends,

L. Proyect and others  views  denying Russian imperialism are belied  by the
deluge
of facts.
In the post ww2 period in E. Europe, the   russians took over large enterprises
previously siezed by German occupiers and declared them Joint-sock companies,
with property rights shared between the Russians and their local ally. Profits
were also divvied up with the greater share going to the Russians.  These were
in fact the rights of conquest and had nothing to do with any kind of "workers
rule' or" workers state".
Russia also enforced onerous/unequal  trade relations with her satellites, much
like other imperialist powers! They charged sky high prices for relatively
shoddy goods.
They also fixed the prices low for  the deliveries of goods to Russia by their
allied countries.
We know  more of this now because even their one time allies, China and
Yugoslavia released material evidence of this when they broke relations with
Russia in 1959 and 1948 repectively.
"Reparations' and the "joint stock" company domination was ended inthe early 50s
after workers revolts in E. europe began to spread, DDR, Poland, Hungary, etc.

It is true that for some years to gain stability/loyalty in its bloc, the
russians did accept
trade losses for a time but this is hard to calculate the rate because many
times all COMECON states used western pricing to measure the alleged vale of
their commodities.

By the early 1970s , the post war  accumulation cycle begn to slow in
theweakened Russian  state cap economy and Russia  revamped its trade relations
with E. Europe  much more in its own favor . Not as onerous as in the 40s ,
early 50s but still based on relations of hegemony exploitation and domination.
E.g. The demands E. europe pay near Western prices for her  oil after the 1973-4
world crisis.

Economically, Russia changed the rules of the COMECON game in midstream too!
They demanded bi-lateral relations instead of multilateral ones . this way they
could  better use their hegemony and strength to better bully around their
junior partners.
russia used this to order much of what would be producde in E. Europe , by who,
and demanded that they get to cherry-pick from the finished goods sent to
market.

The exUSSRttrade with less developed states/economies worldwide was carried out
by standard capitalist practices.Like the western imperialists, russia tried
to use leverage in export of  capital intensive goods in exchange for
labor-intensive
good of "third world" economies. they used classic imperialist  monetary
exchanges to cover up really un-equal exchange of values.
This is clear evidence too of the working of the laws of motion of capitalism in
action.


Neil

sources : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF STALINISM  by W. Daum , 1990
LRP, Box 3573, NY. NY. 10008  ---$15

STATE CAPITALISM: The WAGES SYSTEM UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT , 1986
A. Buick , J. Crump,  MCMILLAN Publ. UK



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