A Socialist In Canada, May 31, 2017
The following interview by Justin Podur was conducted with Roger Annis on May 27, 2017. It is broadcast on ‘The Ossington Circle’, episode 19.
‘The Ossington Circle’ is a regular podcast by Justin Podur. He teaches sociology and environmental studies at York University in Toronto and is the author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship, published in 2012.
Podur and Annis begin their discussion by examining the ‘Maidan revolution’ of 2013-14 in Ukraine and the related issue of how to understand and characterize Russia’s economy and foreign policy. They discuss modern-day imperialism. How is it defined historically and in the present? Can Russia be described as imperialist? Annis replies ‘no’ and goes on to discuss how the non-imperialist characteristics of Russia generate a different kind of foreign policy compared to the imperialist countries of Europe and North America. An example is the Russian intervention in Syria, which is directed at assisting the Syrian government in resisting the war and regime-change policies of the United States and the large countries of the European Union along with their allied regimes in the Middle East.
To read a lengthy analysis of Russia and the false description of it as ‘imperialist’, read: The myth of ‘Russian imperialism’: In defense of Lenin’s analyses, by Renfrey Clarke and Roger Annis, February 29, 2016.
For more analysis of present-day Ukraine, listen to Justin Podur’s interview with Canadian-Ukrainian scholar Halyna Mokrushyna on April 20, 2017, episode 15 of ‘The Ossington Circle’.