MELISSA K. STOCKDALE (Norman, OK, U.S.A.) POLITICS, MORALITY AND VIOLENCE: KADET LIBERALS AND THE QUESTION OF TERROR, 1902-1911 In January 1907, as elections to the Second Duma were underway, Premier P. A. Stolypin invited Paul Miliukov to a private interview where he pro- posed a deal: if the Duma would condemn revolutionary murders, he would legalize the Constitutional-Democratic Party (also called the Kadets, or Peo- ple's Freedom Party). Taken aback, Miliukov explained that he could not command the Party, which would in any case be unwilling on tactical grounds to pass such a resolution in the Duma. Stolypin said he would be content with an article by Miliukov in the liberal paper Rech', even an un- signed one, condemning political assassinations. Miliukov agreed to this con- ditionally, provided that the Party leadership consented. He immediately dis- cussed the proposal with the Party's most senior leader, Ivan Petrunkevich, who objected vehemently. It would ruin Miliukov's own reputation and drag the Party down with him, he declared; "better that the Party be sacrificed than ruined morally Miliukov pursued the matter no further; the govern- ment never legally recognized the Kadet Party. This remarkable reaction was not a singular one in
Russian History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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