[The Left-Wing Socialists Appeal for a United Revolutionary Front]

First Published: Novaya Zhizn, No. 166, October 29 (November 11), 1917, p. 1.
Sources: James Bunyan and H.H. Fisher, The Bolshevik revolution, 1917-1918: Documents and materials, Stanford University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1934, p. 154; National Library of Russia.
Translated: Emanuel Aronsberg
Online Version: Marxist Internet Archive 2021
HTML Markup: Zdravko Saveski



The government established by a section of the Congress of Soviets after the coup d'etat in Petrograd is a purely Bolshevik government; it cannot have the support of the entire democracy when recognized by one party only . . .

The split within the ranks of the democracy is pushing the reactionary elements . . . into an alliance with the propertied classes. This will facilitate the work of the counter-revolution, which, under the pretext of suppressing the Bolshevik insurrection, is mobilizing its forces to strangle the revolution.

The civil war which is threatening the country with an unparalleled cataclysm and bloodshed is certain to reduce the strength of the democracy and lead to the destruction of the revolution . . .

We address this energetic appeal to the two camps of the revolutionary democracy to find a way to an agreement and to establish a uniformly democratic power capable of resisting the counter-revolutionary coalition of the propertied classes.

We appeal to the two camps of the democracy to re-establish the unity of the revolutionary front in order that the revolution may not be submerged in the blood of soldiers, workers, and peasants.


Socialist-Revolutionists of the Left
United Social-Democrats-Internationalists
Polish Socialist Party
Jewish Social-Democratic Labor Party (Poalei Zion)