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LEAFLETS during Russian Revolution
A collection of Leaflets 1905 - 1917
partly from “The Voice of the Great Revolution” (in Russian) the book consists of leaflets published by the Bolshevik Party from February 1917 to November 1920
To All The Workers, October 19, 1905 – P23
Calling For The Preparation for a final decisive struggle against the Autocracy , December 4 – P26
Call of the Moscow Soviet and the Major revolutionary parties in Moscow to prepare for the armed Uprising, December 6 -P27
Should We Boycott the State Duma?, January 1906 – P30
To all the Working man & Women of Russia!, January 9, 1913 – P67 The Anniversary of the Lena Massacre, February 1913 – P72
Instructions on Guerilla warfare Issued by tee Bolshevik Moscow Committee,December 11, 1915 - P75
Against the bloc of the union of the populists and the Mensheviks, May 25, 1917 – P121
Peasants' Deputies!, May 26, 1917 – P123
To all laborers, workers & soldiers of Petrograd, June 22 1917 – P138
Committee of the RSDLP – P175
On the collection of leaflets from ;
The Voice of the Great Revolution
In 1967, in the Soviet Union, the Politizdat publishing house published a brochure entitled The Voice of the Great Revolution. The book consists of leaflets published by the Bolshevik Party from February 1917 to November 1920. - in a difficult period of work of the party and the strengthening of its positions, a period of uncompromising and fierce struggle of the working people of Russia for their liberation from the oppression of the exploiters.
According to the compilers, the purpose of the publication of this collection is to help party and public organizations, propaganda cadres to adopt the documents of the Great October Revolution in their work on communist education.
You can read the most interesting texts of the leaflets on the pages of the "Communists of the Capital" website. Tellingly, many of the Bolshevik leaflets are still relevant today. We bring to your attention the text of the introductory speech of the authors of the brochure.
Leaflets of the revolution ... Living witnesses of the great achievements of October, the voice of history itself. Born in the flames of a cruel class battle, they carried the all-conquering ideas of Marxism-Leninism, the militant appeals of the party, into the thick of the revolutionary people. With the passionate words of its leaflets, proclamations, and appeals, the party gathered the forces of the revolution, prepared the working people for the coming social beats, helped the revolutionary people smash their class enemies, inspired them to fight for the protection and strengthening of socialist gains
Half a century has passed since those great days of October, when the insurgent proletariat of Petrograd, organized and united by the Bolshevik Party, dealt a crushing blow to the bourgeoislandowner system, took power into its own hands and stood up to defend the gains of the revolution. Touched by time, faded, worn out, leaflets recreate the heroic picture of the victorious days of October and the subsequent conquests of the revolutionary people on the battlefields and in peaceful creative work.
In all the difficult, crucial moments of the revolution, in the days of victories and defeats, the party invariably turned to the people: with the fighting, fervent word of its leaflets, it called for a battle with the enemy, with devastation and hunger. She also resorted to the printed word, to the language of the leaflet when it was necessary to proclaim victory.
... The historic night of October 25, 1917. The Provisional Government fell, the insurgent people won. V. I. Lenin writes his famous leaflet "To the citizens of Russia!" A contemporary of the historical hours and days of Great October, John Reed recounts how this historical leaflet was distributed:
“In front of Smolny there is a huge congestion of cars approaching and leaving. The dull rumble of distant cannonade was heard through their noise. The huge truck was shaking all over from the engine. Some people handed over bundles of printed sheets to him, while others accepted and stacked them with rifles close at hand.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
"All over the city!" - answered me smiling frail worker. He waved his hand widely and enthusiastically.
We showed our IDs. "Come with us!" - they invited us. - "But, perhaps, they will shoot at us ..." We climbed onto the truck. With a sharp grinding, the clutch lever shifted, the huge car rushed
forward ... Rushing past the fires at the inner and outer gates, illuminating the red light of the workers with rifles huddled by the fire, the car, bouncing and dashing from side to side, flew out onto Suvorovsky Prospekt. One of our companions tore off the wrapper from one bundle and began to throw some sheets of paper into the air in bundles. We began to help him. So we rushed along the dark streets, leaving a whole tail of flying white papers. Belated passersby stopped and picked them up. At the crossroads, the patrols left their fires and, raising their hands, caught the leaves ...
I took one of the appeals and, using the rare street lamps, somehow made out:
"To the citizens of Russia! .."
... There is a civil war, the country is surrounded by invaders. The young Soviet state is fighting off enemies. The party shouts the cry: "The socialist fatherland is in danger!" - and from the pages of the party press, leaflets calls on the workers and peasants to defend the revolutionary achievements. Tens, hundreds of thousands of working people are responding to the call of the Party, going to the front, not sparing their lives.
... The devastation is increasing, hunger is growing. The Party's call is ringing like a bell: to mobilize all forces to overcome economic difficulties, to rise up for a heroic struggle against hunger, for bread for the people! Leaflets, appeals, appeals fly to all corners of young Soviet Russia one after another.
... The counter-revolution is becoming impudent, the most important vital centers of the country are under threat.
To repel the violent attacks of enemies and defend the gains of October, it is necessary to create the armed forces of the republic of Soviets. The party and the young Soviet state appeal to "make every effort to rebuild the army", "to form into the ranks of the Red Army." The mighty voice of the leaflets carried this cry throughout the cities and villages of the country. And thousands of workers and peasants responded to him, joined the ranks of the courageous fighters of the revolution.
Many leaflets belong to the pen of V.I. Lenin. Like no other political figure, Vladimir Ilyich deeply understood the powerful power of the printed word, mobilizing and organizing the role of a militant political leaflet.
The voice of the great Lenin is heard from the pages of many leaflets of those revolutionary years. In difficult moments of revolutionary battles, in joyful days of success, he turns to the workers, peasants, soldiers and the party. Filled with the greatest revolutionary pathos, the fiery lines of Lenin's leaflets and addresses reached the minds and hearts of the broadest masses of the people, roused them to battle against the old world, for the great socialist renewal of Russia.
Great October, the glorious fiftieth anniversary of which the Soviet people and the entire progressive world are celebrating, left many documents. The history of one of the greatest events in the history of mankind, the heroism of the insurgent people, the titanic activities of the party and its outstanding leader and organizer V.I.Lenin were deposited on their pages. Leaflets occupy an important place among these historical evidences.
V. I. Lenin urged: to follow in the footsteps of the October fighters, to imitate their heroism. The Communist Party teaches to educate the people on revolutionary traditions, to multiply and develop them. Leaflets, addresses, appeals just tell about the immortal deeds of the October fighters, their exploits and heroism. In this sense, it is difficult to overestimate the strength of their political influence, their role in the communist education of the people.
The publication of this collection is aimed at helping party and public organizations, ideological institutions, numerous propaganda cadres and parties to adopt the documents of the Great October Revolution in their work on communist education.
Time has scattered leaflets and appeals across archives and various publications.
Some of the documents in the past were included in separate collections and have not been republished since then; some remained on the newspaper pages of those years. For this reason, many of the documents are little known to the current reader, especially the young.
This collection contains, of course, not all leaflets and appeals, but only a part of them - the volume of the book does not allow us to do more.
The documents are arranged in chronological order. The titles to some of them were given by the editors. The book is supplied with the necessary scientific and reference data: comments, indexes.