Russian Revolution #3
Updated: 12/19/2019
Russian Revolution #3
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  • 3. Radicals repressed; moderates gain amnesty: Bolsheviks spoke of forming a Constituent Assembly. Lenin had no use for such an assembly, but nontheless decided to allow the elections to occur. On November 25, 1917, the Russians experienced their first free election in 900 years. The Socialist Revolutionary party gained the majority, with 62% of the vote. This vote was largely rural. This is understandable, as the vast majority of Russia was rural farmland throughout the early 20th century. The Bolsheviks won only 25% of the vote, with the vast majority of these coming from large urban areas such as Moscow or Petrograd.
  • 4. Aggressive nationalism: Further on, in 1939, the Winter War began, which involved a Soviet invasion into democratic Finnish territory upon Russian paranoia and suspicions of border threats. Despite the Soviet victory in 1940, it was also an embarrasment for the Soviets, who had 321,000 casualties compared to the 70,000 Finnish casualties. This was mainly due to failures of Soviet tactics, with slow Russian tanks and soldiers' brown uniforms causing them to be wiped out in hordes by the Finns with their mobile guerilla tactics and white snow camoflauge.
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