Social Revolutionists Socialist Revolutionary Party Since 1901 Peasants, we’re worth it! Citations "Russia 1855-1991: From tsars to commissars" by Peter Oxley,Oxford University Press, 2001 "Communist Russia under Lenin and Stalin" by Terry Fiehn and Chris Corin, published in London 2002 “The Political Parties in 1905” packet “Reaction and Revolution: Russia 1894-1924” by Michael Lynch, published in London 2005 Party Aims The future of Russia being endangered by the elite’s apathy and the Tsar’s incompetence in today’s Russia. The peasants and the working class should rise up against the oppressors of Russian society, overthrow the Tsar and create a peaceful society with only one class, the working class. The SR party believes in freeing public institutions from the oppressing upper class and having the public carry out the functions of these institutions. Likewise private property will be eliminated entirely. The future for Russia lies in the hands of those who can rise up against the exploiters of the working classes and erase the lines that divide our society into classes. The SR party believes in a peasant led revolution to create a republic of equal workers. Party History The socialist revolutionary (SR) party was formed in 1901 and it has its roots in the populist movement (People's Will). The first congress was held 1906, but the Party was never well coordinated or centrally controlled. It was part of the Duma but it later condemned it. Alex Kerensky was a part of the Trudoviki labor group, which represented the peasants in the Duma. This group's main concern was to redistribute lands to the peasants. изменения Our Internal Subdivisions The Social Revolutionary party has internal subdivision, especially regarding Russia’s participation in World War One. Right SR’s are often called “defensists,” because they believe that Russia should join the war. On the other hand, Viktor Chernov and his followers are Left SR’s and are called “internationalists.” They think that the war will distract the working class from social rebellion. They are often regarded as sympathizers with Lenin and the Bolsheviks. Political Platform Political Freedoms: Equal and universal rights for every citizen above 20 years of age (regardless of national origin, religion and sex), who will have a variety of freedoms: meeting, press, speech, strike and unions. Education: Education will be compulsory and be provided by the government for all citizens. All classes will share equal rights in education – no one class will have more rights than others. The Rights of the Workers: The working time will be reduced, a minimum wage will be settled upon between administration and lab unions, those below the age of 16 will be not work and workers need not to work on Sunday as it will be a rest day. Nationalities and Minorities: There will no longer be any difference between ethnic minorities, and there will be no more forms of violence and exploitation among men. Regardless of nationality, religion and sex, all men will be considered as brothers and equality and freedom shall be introduced.