21 August

'We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.' _ Boris Yeltsin

August 21, 2009 · 1 min read

Today in 1991, the communist coup that had briefly deposed Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev ended with the arrest of seven conspirators. By December the red hammer and sickle flag was replaced with the tricolour flag of Russia and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

‘If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.’

Mikhail Gorbachev


Manchester skyline

Why planning is political

Andrea Sandor explores how community-led developments are putting democracy at the heart of the planning process

Review – Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors

D Hunter's 'Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors' is an exploration of working-class struggle and strength, writes Liam Kennedy

Bank Job directors Daniel and Hilary

Review – Bank Job

Jake Woodier reviews a new documentary film that brings heist aesthetics to a story of debt activism


Beyond leek-flavoured UKism

‘Radical federalism’ should do more than rearrange the constitutional furniture, writes Undod’s Robat Idris

A street sign in Watford marks Colonial Way leading to Rhodes Way, Imperial Way and Clive Way

Statues, street names, and contested memory

Proudly 'anti-woke' posturing is just the latest government attempt to memorialise white supremacy. Meghan Tinsley reports on the politics of commemoration

Who decides what counts as ‘political’?

Government demands for public sector ‘neutrality’ uphold a harmful status quo. For civil servant Sophie Izon, it's time to speak out