An article in The New York Times entitled “Russian Poland on Verge of Revolution” describes a country that has eclipsed the fine line between unrest and revolution. In Gregory Freeze’s text he explains how the insurrection went beyond the borders of Russia into the Ukraine, Bessarabia, the Baltics, Finland, Crimea, the Cacasus, Sibera, Central Asia and finally, Poland. The citizens of Poland were especially discontented after the uprising in 1863 due to their essential loss of rights and they played very important and active roles in the revolution of 1905.
The article describes the social climate of Poland in which the disturbance between the rioters and the united forces of the military and police escalated to a number of wounds and deaths due to the absence of the reservists who had been called out to serve on active military duty. The rioters went so far as to blow up railway bridges and disconnect telegraph wires.
Throughout these protests, the writer describes how soldiers and police attempt to escape from the protests. For example, the prefect of Police of Warsaw left Poland for St. Petersburg and the article also points out how soldiers took advantage of the confusion of the explosion of the train to escape. Although very little is written about this in the article, I feel it’s the most significant portion. It’s not often one sees members of a police or military force try to run away from a disturbance as serious as this. It’s certainly a sign that the government was ready to lie down and accept defeat to avoid future conflict. However, it also may be indicative of how the individual soldiers and/or police force were also proponents of the revolution.