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Alan Woods was recently interviewed by the Argentine magazine Sudesta on the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. He deals with the gradual political degeneration of the Revolution and its usurpation by the Stalinist bureaucracy, discussing the political issues raised in the course of the struggle. Unease at the rise of bureaucratic rule was signalled by Lenin in his last years and by Trotsky. As Alan says, “In 1923 Trotsky launched the Platform of the Opposition, based on a defence of the Leninist principles of workers' democracy and proletarian internationalism. He began a struggle against bureaucratic tendencies in the state and Party. This was the beginning of the Left Opposition in the Soviet Union and internationally. The struggle between the Left Opposition and the Stalin faction was at bottom a class struggle, which reflected the contradictory interests between the working class and the rising bureaucracy.”