Global Labor Notes / Russia invades Georgia – and the labour movement is silent

Russia, it was said, was still reeling from the loss of its empire. It had formally
accepted the right of countries like Ukraine to self-determination. But among
its leaders, some sought ways to bring the ‘near abroad’ back into the fold. As a
result, all the countries on Russia’s borders were actively seeking the protection of
European powers and America. This, in turn, was interpreted by the Kremlin as
a kind of encirclement. Tensions with Poland were running especially high. And
then the Russian army invaded Georgia.

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