HISTORY TIDBIT: RUSSIA’S ‘BLOODY SUNDAY’

Bloody Sunday Russia, 1905

The Russian Revolution of 1917 wasn’t the Russian peasantry’s first attempt to get out from under the heel of the ruling class. An earlier revolution took place in 1905. On January 22nd of that year, a priest, Georgy Gapon, led a group of demonstrators on a march to the winter palace in St. Petersburg with the intention of presenting Tsar Nicholas II with a request for reforms designed to benefit the country’s workers. Nicholas wasn’t there, and even though the demonstrators were walking along peacefully carrying only banners and religious icons, his uncle, Grand Duke Vladmir, ordered the imperial troops to fire upon them. Over a hundred were killed, and over three hundred wounded in a massacre that would become known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ or ‘Red Sunday. The incident sparked strikes and riots that went on for months, but achieved little. The real, much more successful revolution was still to come.

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