Bloody Sunday, 1905

Bloody Sunday occurred on January 22nd, 1905 in St. Petersbrg, Russia.  It happened during a peaceful protest with unarmed citizens, mostly poor laborers, against Tsar Nicholas II over undesirable Tsarist policies.  Multiple groups, lead by Georgy Gapon, a Russian Orthodox Priest, were converging on the Winter Palace when the massacre took place.  The plan was for the Tsar to see the thousands of people protesting his policies so that he would consider changing them, but unbeknownst to them, he was not their.  Upon their approach to the Palace, Imperial Guards shot off warning shots for them to turn around and leave, but they didn’t.  Shortly after that, shots were fired into the crowd towards Gapon, killing about 40 people around him.  There are several different reports that recorded anywhere from 100 to 3,000 deaths.  Following this tragedy, popularity for the Tsar regime dropped sharply.  Many credit it this event as one of the sparks for the Revolution of 1905.

The December before in 1904, there was a similar strike at the Putilov Plant lead by Georgy Gapon, where workers protested for better wages, conditions and working hours.  In this protest there were no deaths or violence, but it was obvious that there was a sense of displeasure with the Tsarist regime.  Further protests and political actions were surely expected in the future.

  5 comments for “Bloody Sunday, 1905

  1. djp28
    September 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    It is pretty amazing to see how back then, most countries really did not have the freedom to assembly and speech. This post really puts into contexts just how brutal it could be to live in Russia during this time period. Something that was not addressed though was the reaction of the Tzar to this. Did he approve of such actions? Or did he morn for those lost? Either way, its actions following the event did not end up to well for him.

  2. Kyle
    September 10, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Regimes tend to make one catastrophic mistake that turns a country against them. Bloody Sunday can be compared to the Boston Massacre. Both events involved the ruling government firing on unarmed protesters, and helped push the people towards revolution.

  3. hbh1391
    September 10, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I also did Bloody Sunday. I think Kyle made a good point that this could be compared to the Boston Massacre. I really enjoyed reading about this subject because it did remind me so much of the Boston Massacre. I thought it was amazing that so many people died even though it was suppose to be a “peaceful” protest. Good job on the post 🙂

  4. jessrs217
    September 10, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I did my post this week on the infamous Bloody Sunday protest as well, and I think that this post did a really good job of explaining the details of the event and what happened. I also really liked Kyle’s point that compared it to the Boston Massacre, because it really was spot on. They were both intended to be peaceful protests that ended in an extreme response from those in charge. Its interesting how basically the same thing repeated itself, more than a hundred years later in Russia.

  5. DeLacey
    January 18, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I am working on Bloody Sunday 4 a project 🙂

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