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Lecture 12th of March: The First Russian Revolution

In Kupoli, Mannerheimintie 5 B, 7th floor 12th of March.

Doors open 4PM, lecture starts 4:15PM. This time no food is served.

The revolution in 1905 was in many ways the first in Russia. For the first time workers councils were set up to overthrow the system in place and to govern society without a state. The revolution forced the Russian tsar to make concessions and forced him for the very first time to accept the new constitution and the parliament. Workers all over Russia set up combat units and the first ever Red Guards in the world were born in Finland. For the first time socialists encountered movements that have many resemblances with the modern day far-right and fascists. The first general strike in Finland was organised. During the first revolution in Russia, Finland acquired general suffrage and a parliament.

The first revolution in Russia has been some what overshadowed by the events of 1917, sometimes on purpose. Leninists were not eager to remember the developments that they were not in charge of and neither did the liberal reformists want to remember the events that were marked by workers self-organisation and seizing the means of production. In Finland the local developments are usually explained as a part of national interests and independence, away from it’s from the revolutionary context in the Russian Empire.

The story of the events in 1905 is told by Antti Rautiainen. This lectures is a continuation of a lecture organised in 12.2 about the revolutionary movements in Russia, but the both lectures are independent from each other and participation does not require attendance on the 12.2. lecture.

In the autumn of 2017, two follow-up lectures will be organised. The first one will focus on the revolution of 1917 and the second one will take a closer look to the rebellious movements during the first years of the bolshevik autarchy.

Our speakers are Finnish and international anti-authoritarian researchers and activists. Events are organized in cooperation with A-ryhmä and AutOp. You may also follow lecture online (both real-time and recording) from youtube-channel of A-ryhmä: Our program is created by the participants themselves, if you want to join or simply get in contact, write a-ryhma at

Children are welcome to any events of A-ryhmä by default! We have now also a separate room in case children get tired of lecture. Prams can be left in the hallway on the 6th or 1st floor.

Kupoli is inaccessible space. There is one small step at the downstairs front door, and an elevator that runs between from floor 1 to 6. Kupoli is on the 7th floor after a staircase.

There are two searate, rather spacey but not wheelchair-standardized, unisex toilets. There are stairs between Kupoli and WC.

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