Russische Korrespondenz. Herausgegeben von Freunden der Freiheitsbewegung in Russland. Zweiter Jahrgang [Russian correspondence. Published by friends of the liberation movement in Russia. Vol. II), nos. 30, 31, 32, 33, 35
F. Peril, editor (Rudolf Breitscheid?)
Price: 300.00 EUR
Berlin: R. Boll (printer), 1906. Single leaves, printed to rectos only, on tracing paper or similar semi-transparent paper stock. The format varies: while all sheets are uniformly 38 cm long, the width varies from 26 to 50 cm, depending on the number of columns (2-4). Old fold lines; some foxing to margins; edges occasionally frayed or lightly creased; a few issues with postal stamp fragments (illegible). Five issues of a very rare news bulletin apparently issued by German socialists who were closely allied with the Russian Constitutional Democratic Party, usually referred to as Kadets (from the abbreviation K.-D. for Konstitutsionnaia Demokraticheskaia). The party was founded in 1905, at the very height of the Russian Revolution of that year. The newspaper reports on a range of democratic and socialist figures active in the ensuing struggle, although the primary focus is in the Kadets (even though they are not explicitly mentioned as affiliated with the publication). Social democrats and social revolutionaries are frequently described in unfavorable terms. Aside from numerous messages about the Kadets (including texts by Struve), the issues offered here include reports about the situation in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as Finland; news about a farmer's congress; elections in St. Petersburg; the increasing armament of the Russian state (the production of machine guns); Russia's financial and political situation; the Kadets' attempts to gain followers among the workers; criticism of constitutional democracy and articles directed against the much-hated Minister of Home Affairs, Durnovo. These five issues range from April 21, 1906 to May 9, 1906, and appeared irregularly, in intervals of 2-7 days. Curiously, while the Berlin address book for 1906 does show a Felix Peril residing at the paper's official address (Fasanenstr. 58, Berlin), the latter was an insurance salesman. However, Fasanenstr. 58 was the longtime residence of prominent German Social Democrat Rudolf Breitscheid (1874-1944), who may have been involved in its publication. The newspaper is genuinely uncommon; we can locate only a handful of numbers at the National Library of Israel (the record suggests that the journal was published from November 8, 1905 until at least February 1914, most likely in irregular intervals) and at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.