How far do you agree that the use of repression was the main reason for the weakness of opposition to Tsarism in the years 1881-1914?

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  • repression- Stolypin attacked bases of revolutionary activity, forced newspapers to stop publishing and Trade Unions to close. He convicted 16500 people of political crimes and sentenced 3600 to death as well as 4500 to hard labour. By 1906, political assasinations had fallen by meeting terror with terror including the use of the Black Hundreds after the 1905 Revolution.
  • October Manifesto- This split the opposition to the government, the proposals pleased the Liberals and they accepted the aims of the Manifesto, these became known as the Octoberists. Other Liberals, such as the Kadets, saw it as a beginning of…

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