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Tsar's Reaction to Reforms post-1905
Transcript of Tsar's Reaction to Reforms post-1905
Prime Minister: Sergei Witte
State Duma: A Russian Governmental Institution
Fundamental Laws: Established in 1906, Civil Rights etc.
Abolishment of the 1906 Redemption Tax
Right to Vote: Members of the Duma
Establishment of Radical Anti-Government Groups
Lenin: The Mention of Communism
Every word spoken comes out in next day's papers, which are avidle read by everybody. in many places the populace is... beginning to talk about the land once more and are waiting to see what the Duma is going to say on the question. I am getting telegrams from everywhere petitioning me to order a dissolution; but it is too early for that. One must let them do something manifestly stupid or mean, and then - slap! And they are gone
Nicholas II was a stark believer of the autocratic system and believed it was the only way a country or empire could be run.
Hence his reaction to the reforms were of:
As he believed it was an attack on the autocratic system.
He also reacted by watering down the reforms such as the State Duma by:
-Isolating the power of the Duma
-Not allowing many people to vote (women, soldiers). Only 40% of men voted
-Dissolving the Duma if it posed a threat to his rule
-Making the Duma as conservative as possible
-Not enitrely sepearting the Church and his rule. The Source