MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Organisations



Yedinstvo group

A small Social-Democratic group of extreme right Menshevik defencists. It was organised in March 1917, and in addition to Petrograd, it had branch organisations in Moscow, Baku and several other cities. The group was headed by Plekhanov and Buryanov and Jordansky.

The Yedinstvo group denied the possibility of a victorious socialist revolution in Russia and supported the Provisional Government. It stood for the war being carried on to "complete victory" and often hounded the Bolsheviks for their internationalist stand.

At the Petrograd district council elections the group put forward independent lists, sometimes forming a bloc with the Mensheviks, Socialist-Revolutionaries and others, and took part In all patriotic manifestations; it warmly accepted the June offensive; after the July events it campaigned for a "strong government", i. e., a military dictatorship. The group published the newspaper Yedinstvo.