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Military Conference in Minsk


April 7-16, 1917

The meeting of army and workers' deputies of the Western front held in Minsk from April 7 to 16 (20-29), 1917. The conference was attended by nearly 1,200 delegates.

Members of the Menshevik and S.R. parties were in the majority at the conference, the Bolsheviks were in a minority. On the most important questions on the agenda (the questions of war and the attitude towards the Provisional Government) the conference adopted the conciliatory resolutions of the All-Russia Conference of Soviets held in Petrograd at the end of March and beginning of April 1917. In other words, it took the stand of "revolutionary defencism" and came out in favour of support to the Provisional Government.