The constituent assembly

Lenin was not interested in democracy. The elections that were held late in 1917 showed that the Bolsheviks did not have the support of mostRussians.

  • The constituent assembly, which met in January 1918, contained twice as many Socialist Revolutionaries (SRs) as Bolsheviks, and the SRs opposed to Lenin.
  • Bolshevik Red guards closed down the Assembly. By July 1918, the Russian Congress if Soviets had agreed a new system of government for Russians.

The result was that Lenin effectively became a dictator, and his secret police (the Cheka) began to intimidate, imprison and murder political opponants.

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