Kogo vybirat'? [Who should we vote for?]. On first page full title: Kogo vybirat' v Komitety, Sovety, Dumy Uchreditel'noe Sobranie? [Whom to elect to Committees, Soviets, Duma, Constituent Assemby]
Lilina, Z. I. - ?]
Price: 150.00 EUR
Peterburg: Izd. Priboi, 1917. Octavo (16.5 × 11 cm). Original printed wrappers; 30 pp. About very good; inventory number and stamp to front wrapper, reading: "COMRADES! This brochure is free." This brochure, produced by the RSDLP, the Party of Lenin until its name was changed to the (All-)Russian Communist Party following the October Revolution of 1917, seeks to educate the reader on the Russian Constituent Assembly election of 1917 (November 25, 1917). This is considered the last partially free election in Russia until the 1990 republic election. This brochure was published by the legal Bolshevik publishing house "Priboi", which began operation in 1913. Many pamphlets and brochures were produced leading up to what would be a contested and extremely divisive election. While the Bolshevik RSDLP won the majority of the vote in urban centers and from soldiers on the western front, they lost the election to the Socialist-Revolutionary Party (SRs), whose candidate list had been printed prior to the split between the left and right wings of the SRs, with the left wing forming a coalition with the Bolsheviks. The Bolsheviks had hoped that this election would provide them a the popular mandate to govern. Lenin criticized the Constituent Assembly, saying that it failed to represent the Russian people, because the ballot had not indicated the split between the SRs right wing and the pro-Bolshevik left; he called the acceptance of the Soviet government until a new vote could be arranged. KVK, OCLC show copies at Hoover Institute, Indiana University, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Sächsische Landesbibliothek, and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.