The Centenary of the Russian Revolution – any relevance for workers today?

Workers On Wednesday 18 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution of October 1917. For several decades it represented the greatest moment in the history of working class struggle for many workers and poor people all over the world. It was the first time that the working class wrested power from its ruling class through a process of revolutionary struggles and their own organs of power (Soviets). The Russian Revolution had immediate international ramifications and has a legacy that still lives with us today. In view of the degeneration of the USSR under Stalin’s leadership and its eventual collapse with other Eastern Bloc countries in 1989, should working class and poor people all over the world be celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution?


  • Prof Peter Alexander, Director of the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg
  • Dale Forbes, independent analyst

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