National Sections of the L5I:

Third International

Arab Left: paying the price for Stalinism

The Arab Spring of 2011 inspired millions around the world through its acts of heroism. But now the revolutions have stalled. Read more...

Revolutionary women: Yevgenia Bosch

This site, along with www.workerspower.com begins a new series on revolutionary women to highlight their often forgotten role in the communist movement. Katja Teran starts the first in the series on Yevgenia Bosch Read more...

Sverdlov: 'The best type of Bolshevik'

Simon Hardy looks at the life of Yakov Sverdlov, a key Bolshevik leader during the Russian revolution Read more...

Germany 1918-19: when reformists murdered a revolutionary movement

Towards the end of the First World War, as the Russian Tsar's armies faced defeat, the workers of St. Petersburg and the city's garrison rose in revolution. Ten months later, under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, they had established a republic based on workers' soldiers' and peasants' councils. The Bolsheviks, as they had promised, took Russia out of the war. Read more...

1919: Founding of the Third International

The Early Years
The guns, mortars and rifles that opened fire in 1914 shattered not only the lives and limbs of a generation of young soldiers. The Second (Socialist) International itself collapsed under fire. Read more...

1923 - 1933: Collapse of the Third International

Conceived in war, born in revolution, the Third or Communist International came to an ignominious end in yet another war, in 1943. Its degeneration, which set in after its 4th Congress in 1922, was rooted in defeats for workers internationally and in the triumph of Stalinism in the USSR. Read more...

Did Leninism lead to Stalinism?

The idea that Lenin led to Stalin has been the subject of many a school history essay. Stalin certainly succeeded Lenin as leader of the Russian Communist Party. But is there something within Leninism which led inexorably to the horrors of Stalinism? Read more...

Schools for socialism – Bolsheviks and education

Kate Foster looks at education in Russia in the first years after the revolution Read more...