V. I.   Lenin

Resolution Adopted by the Public Meeting in Countess Panina’s Palace, May 9 (22), 1906

Published: Volna, No. 14, May 11, 1906. Published according to the Volna text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1965, Moscow, Volume 10, page 409.
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This meeting calls the attention of all citizens to the fact that the autocratic government, by organising riots and constantly intensifying police and military tyranny, is obviously making a mockery of popular representation, and is preparing to resort to force in reply to the universal demand for freedom and to the peasants’ demand for land.

This meeting declares that the party of “people’s freedom” (Cadets) only timidly and inadequately expresses the people’s demands, and is not keeping its promise to proclaim the convocation of a national constituent assembly. We warn the people against this party, which is wavering between people’s freedom and the old autocratic regime, which is oppressing the people.

This meeting calls upon the Peasant (“Trudovik”) and Workers’ Groups in the State Duma resolutely to state their respective demands, and the full demands of the people, absolutely independently of the Cadets.

This meeting calls the attention of all those who value the cause of freedom to the fact that the behaviour of the autocratic government and its utter failure to satisfy the needs of the peasants, and of the people as a whole, is making inevitable a decisive fight outside the Duma, a fight for complete power for the people, which alone can ensure freedom for the people and meet their needs.

This meeting expresses confidence that the proletariat will continue to be at the head of all the revolutionary elements of the people.


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