Was the Bolshevik dissolution of the Russian Constituent Assembly legal?

Mar 2017
25
Poland
The Bolsheviks dissolved the Constituent Assembly arguing that the registered lists were outdated and the Soviets were the legal government.
 
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Jul 2019
43
london
no it wasn't! the Bolsheviks failed to gain a majority in the constituent assembly (ironic, since bolshevik means majority) so they broke up its first meeting with armed guards, and never allowed it to convene again.

Their regime was a brutal dictatorship from the very start.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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You are kidding us, yes?
TBH, I might have previously read something about the Bolsheviks arguing that the election results weren't accurate because they failed to distinguish between Right SRs and Left SRs. That said, though, this was the SR Party's fault for failing to separate into two separate parties before the elections.
 
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Kotromanic

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Dec 2011
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TBH, I might have previously read something about the Bolsheviks arguing that the election results weren't accurate because they failed to distinguish between Right SRs and Left SRs. That said, though, this was the SR Party's fault for failing to separate into two separate parties before the elections.
There's a very good book from the late 1980s (or mid perhaps) called Red Victory, I believe the author's last name is Lincoln. My recollection from reading Red Victory (more than 25 years ago) was that the fracturing of the Socialist Revolutionary party was considered to be a fateful event in Lincoln's account. I'd like to find that book at the used book store. (pretty sure I sold my copy to the used book store...)

Yes, the Left SRs were for a period of perhaps two or two and a half years rather important to the Bolsheviks' ability to influence life outside of the cities. Or so my recollection of reading Lincoln goes.
 
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Futurist

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There's a very good book from the late 1980s (or mid perhaps) called Red Victory, I believe the author's last name is Lincoln. My recollection from reading Red Victory (more than 25 years ago) was that the fracturing of the Socialist Revolutionary party was considered to be a fateful event in Lincoln's account. I'd like to find that book at the used book store. (pretty sure I sold my copy to the used book store...)

Yes, the Left SRs were for a period of perhaps two or two and a half years rather important to the Bolsheviks' ability to influence life outside of the cities. Or so my recollection of reading Lincoln goes.
The Bolsheviks banned the Left SRs in July 1918--so, they got to influence events for less than one year:

Left Socialist-Revolutionaries - Wikipedia

IMHO, the Left SRs were idiots for cooperating with the Bolsheviks. They should have allied with the Right SRs and the other moderate parties instead.
 
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