Bloody Sunday 1904

When Nicholas II took over after his the death of his father Alexander III in 1894 would have inherited at nation that was going to revolt if it was not for Lenin. By the 1900s the whole entire country of Russia was escalating out of control.  From the day that Nicholas took leadership of Russia there problems. Even on the day of his coronation problems arose.

Sunday’s are thought to be a peaceful day that supposed to focus on God. Unfortunately, this was not the case on the 22nd day of January 1905. A group of striking workers gather any many different areas within the city of Petersburg lead by Russian Orthodox priest Georgii  Gapon. These Russian factory workers were trying to gain respect in the workplace higher wages and shorter hours. This assembly of workers was going to the residence of the Tsar Nicholas II, The Winter Palace. “They organized it almost as if it were a religious ceremonial. All were unarmed, even pocket knives being left at home, and women and children took their part in the great event which was to bring them into the presence of the head of the nation. After singing hymns the mass of unarmed people moved forward (New York Times, Oct 13, 1905).” When the large crowd reached the palace the guards released warning fire to dissolve the crowds which ended up killing a large amount of people. The Tsar was not actually at this palace and never gave the order to fire on this group of workers but since he is the leader of the country he got the blamed for the deaths and injured.

According to the New York Times article troops are allowed to use their weapons only in “extreme necessity” only after they have given fair warning by means of a drum, horn or a trumpet (New York Times, Oct 13, 1905). “In these respects, as well as in others, the civil and military authorities are found by the committee to have failed in their duty and an impressive indictment is formulated in detail against the guardians of the law for the acts by which they were themselves guilty of its violation (New York Times, Oct 13, 1905).”

This event was only the beginning!

Picture from: http://www.russianartgallery.com/I–Vladimirov/Bloody-Sunday/

Other Information from: Russia A History, By. Gregory L Freeze, Third Edition.

Quotes from : From The, London Times. “BLAME FOR “BLOODY SUNDAY.”.” New York Times (1857-1922), Oct 13, 1905. http://ezproxy.lib.vt.edu:8080/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/96534550?accountid=14826.

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