Caption: War Publications - WWI Compilation 1923 - Article 22
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THE CONFLICT OF PARTIES IN T H E RUSSIAN R INVOLUTION The feelings of a person who from far away is watching the develop, mint of the Russian drama and who tries to keep his friendliness for its people undisturbed by partisan sympathies are likely to have but little constancy. The incidents are manifold and shifting. The infer. niution concerning them is incomplete and under the control of an interested censorship both at the transmitting and the receiving ends. The accounts by participants and witnesses are no more trustworthy on one side than on the other. There has been much scandalous lying against the Ho sheviki and no little misrepresentation in their favor. Perhaps some of it has been deliberate and malicious; for the most part it arises from misunderstanding and from those bind enthusiasms and antagonisms which such a struggle inevitably begets. Hut the distraction of people in this country who try to understand can be no greater than that of the Russians who are one day driven into the arms of the monarchists by the brutalities of the Bolsheviki and on the day following recoil toward the Bolsheviki from the atrocities of the monarchists. The present sketch makes no pretense of superhuman detachment, but in the survey of principles and actions here attempted, the aim has been to deal fairly with both parties to the controversy, to tell the truth as far as it can be construed from the published documents available to the writer. From this survey a number of features emerge to serve as clues to the progress of events. (1) From the very beginning of the revolution all the real power was with the Workmen's and Soldiers' Councils and not with the ever-shifting provisional administrations. (2) The Workmen's and Soldiers' councils, in which originally the moderate socialists predominated, by degrees came under the complete control of the Bolsheviki. (3) The coup d'Stat which was effected through the duwoution by the Bolsheviki of the Constituent Assembly was only the inevitable step m the fulfilment of the revolution. (4) The Bdt^LSrit
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