The Constituent Assembly in Russia

  • Eric Homberger
  • John Biggart


At five minutes past four o’clock on the morning of January 19, 1918, while President Chernov of the first Russian Constituent Assembly1 was reading aloud the project of fundamental principles of the agrarian law, a sailor stepped up to the tribune and touched him on the shoulder. Pointing to the empty seats of the Bolsheviks and the Left Social-Revolutionists, he said calmly:

‘You fellows had better go home. The rest have gone. It’s very late and the guard is tired.’


Socialist Party Social Revolution Parliamentary Democracy Russian Revolution Soviet Leader 
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  1. 1.
    See Oliver Radkey, The Election to the Russian Constituent Assembly of 1917 (Cambridge, Mass., 1950);Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    and Velikaya Oktabr’skaya Sotsialisticheskaya Revolyutsiya (Moscow, 1987).Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Homberger
    • 1
  • John Biggart
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New HampshireUSA
  2. 2.University of East AngliaUK

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