Council for the State Unification of Russia

Council for the State Unification of Russia

 

one of the counterrevolutionary organizations that during the Civil War and military intervention of 1918–20 united the large landowners and capitalists fighting for the overthrow of Soviet power. The Council for the State Unification of Russia was founded in Kiev in October 1918 and transferred to Odessa in December 1918. It consisted of 45 members in all, with five representatives from each of the following bodies or groups: the State Duma, the Council of State, the zemstvos (organs of rural self-government), the organs of municipal self-government, business and industrial circles, church circles, academic circles, large landowners, and financiers. It was subsequently joined by representatives of the Ukrainian Association of Industry, Trade, and Finance. The president of the council was Baron V. V. Meller-Zakomel’skii; among the leading figures were P. N. Miliukov and A. V. Krivoshein. The council was provided support by A. I. Denikin. The Council for the State Unification of Russia broke up in April 1919, after the evacuation of French troops from Odessa.

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