[Marxism] Fwd: Understanding Ukraine’s upheaval | REDFLAG

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 29 16:10:35 MDT 2014

The trajectory of the movement and the fate of Ukraine have been 
profoundly changed by imperialism. Not just the imperialism of the West 
as some commentators think. The main problem is Russia.

Russian domination over Ukraine has a long history. The foggy hopes for 
European stability and prosperity in the minds of many protesters are a 
direct result of Russian domination. They rightly associate Russia with 
corruption, poverty and repression.

It is the main regional power that has consistently bullied and harassed 
Ukraine – for example by turning off natural gas supplies in the middle 
of winter in order to wring a more favourable treaty out of the 
Ukrainian government. Ukraine relies on Russia for 60-70 percent of its 
energy needs, and so Russia has used blatant economic blackmail time and 

full: http://redflag.org.au/article/understanding-ukraine%E2%80%99s-upheaval

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