International Viewpoint

Saturday 7 October
Éric Toussaint
Western governments presented a full list of demands aimed at solving in their favour the litigation over debt repudiation and expropriations decreed by the Soviet government. Those demands were presented in Genoa on 15 April 1922, five days into the conference, in a document entitled “London (...)
Saturday 7 October
Éric Toussaint
For five weeks in April and May 1922, a summit conference was held. Britain's prime minister, Lloyd George, played a central role in it, as did Louis Barthou, the minister of the French president Raymond Poincaré. The main aim of the meeting was to persuade Soviet Russia [1] both to acknowledge (...)
Saturday 7 October
Éric Toussaint
Even though Russian bonds were repudiated by the Soviet government in February 1918, they were still traded right up until the 1990s. French government policy and that of other governments was directly related to this life after death. - 4. Features / Russia, Historical events, (...)
Saturday 7 October
Éric Toussaint
The London report presented in the previous chapter was such a deliberate provocation on the part of Western powers that the Soviet delegation immediately got in touch with the German delegation, which Paris and London had somehow prevented from fully attending the Genoa Conference. France and (...)
Friday 6 October
Patrick Bond
The ninth BRICS summit was held in Xiamen, China, on September 3-5. Sharmini Peries from the Reel News network spoke to Patrick Bond shortly after the end of the summit. Bond is Professor of Political Economy at Wits University in South Africa. Bond is the author of the recent books, South (...)
Friday 6 October
Éric Toussaint
With the overthrow of Tsarism in February 1917 and the seizing of power by the Bolsheviks and their Socialist Revolutionary allies in October, numerous previously confidential documents were made public (see further on). This allowed Boris Souvarine, a Franco-Russian communist activist to (...)
Friday 6 October
Éric Toussaint
The Versailles Treaty was eventually signed on 28 June 1919 without Soviet Russia being involved. Even so, this treaty cancelled the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Under Article 116 of the Versailles Treaty, Russia could claim compensation from Germany;yet, consistent with its demand for peace (...)
Friday 6 October
Éric Toussaint
In early January 1918, the Soviet government suspended payment on foreign debt, and in early February 1918 it decreed that all Tsarist debts were repudiated as were those contracted to continue the war by the provisional government between February and November 1917. At the same time, it (...)
Friday 6 October
Éric Toussaint
The Napoleonic wars ended with Russia emerging as a great European power and participating in the Holy Alliance of three European monarchies, founded on September 26, 1815 in Paris, at the behest of Tsar Alexander I. The Alliance had won over the Napoleonic Empire and they wanted to consolidate (...)
Friday 6 October
Éric Toussaint
In February 1918, the repudiation of the debt by the Soviet government shocked international finance and sparked off unanimous condemnation by the governments of the great powers. - 4. Features / Russia, Historical events, Debt
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