Congress of the Peoples of Russia
Congress of the Peoples of Russia. A congress of subjugated peoples of the Russian Empire that was convened in Kyiv on 21–28 September 1917 by the Ukrainian Central Rada. Representatives of the Belarusians, Buriats, Georgians, Estonians, Jews, Lithuanians, Latvians, Crimean Tatars, Moldavians, Don Cossacks, and Cossacks participated in the congress. The Russian Provisional Government sent Maksym Slavinsky as its representative. The congress demanded that the future Russian republic be organized on the principle of a federation of nations. The Council of Peoples of Russia was elected, and Mykhailo Hrushevsky, the honorary president of the congress, was selected as its president. The council was to be located in Kyiv. A new journal, Svobodnyi soiuz, was established, but revolutionary events prevented the Council of Peoples from implementing its program.
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