Borotba: 99 years later, the Red Army lives!

February 23: Soviet Red Army Day (now called “Defender of the Fatherland Day” in capitalist Russia) marks the establishment of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army in 1918.

Red Army: We are 99!

The Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army was created 99 years ago. Carriers of the progressive ideas of humanity, these fighters for a new and just world defied all the international parasites and demonstrated that they were ready to defend their ideals with arms in hand!

The Soviet Army was truly legendary and carried out a glorious path of struggle. The Red Flag as a torch of hope the lit up the whole world! Today, our country is once again ruled by ravenous, murderous ghouls, plundering and pummeling the working people. And thus, the relevance of reviving the Red Army only grows! Congratulations to all those fighting on various fronts with the modern-day Petliuras and Banderas on this bright holiday!

The Red Army is not only an organized military force, but an idea of ​​living today in the minds of millions of people around the world. It lives in the hearts of IRA and ETA fighters, in the Kurdish guerrillas and Filipinos from the NPA, in the Naxalites and the Zapatistas, RAF and UCA, the FARC and the DHKP-C. The Red Army is very much alive today! It is in us!

Union Borotba (Struggle)
February 23, 2017
Translated by Greg Butterfield

Decree issued by the Council of People’s Commissars on January 15, 1918

The old army was a class instrument in the hands of the bourgeoisie for the oppression of the workers. The seizure of power by the workers and propertyless persons renders necessary the formation of a new army. The tasks of this new army will be the defense of the Soviet authority, the creation of a basis for the transformation of the standing army into a force deriving its strength from a nation in arms, and, furthermore, the creation of a basis for the support of the coming Socialist Revolution in Europe.


The Council of People’s Commissars has decided to organize the new army as a ’Red Army of Workers and Peasants’ on the following basis:

1. The Red Army of Workers and Peasants will be formed from the class-conscious and best elements of the working classes.

2. All citizens of the Russian Republic who have completed their eighteenth year are eligible for service. Service in the Red Army is open to anyone ready to give his life and strength for the defense of the achievements of the October Revolution, the Soviet Power and Socialism. Enlistment in the Red Army is conditional upon guarantees being given by a military or civil committee functioning within the territory of the Soviet Power or by Party or Trade Union committees or, in extreme cases, by two persons belonging to one of the above organizations. Should an entire unit desire to join the Red Army, its acceptance is conditional upon a collective guarantee and the affirmative vote of all its members.


1. The families of members of the Red Army of Workers and Peasants will be maintained by the State and receive, in addition, a monthly supplement of 50 rubles.

2. Members of soldiers’ families who are incapable of work and have hitherto been supported by the aforesaid soldiers will receive further support in accordance with the local cost of living, as determined by the local Soviets.


The Council of People’s Commissars is the supreme head of the Red Army of Workers and Peasants. The immediate command and administration of the Army is vested in the Commissariat for Military Affairs and in the Special All-Russian College therein contained.

The President of the Council of People’s Commissars:

The Commander-in-Chief:

The People’s Commissars for War and the Fleet:

The People’s Commissars:

For the Bureau of People’s Commissars:

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