Foreign News: Political Condition

Since 1917 the Government of Russia has changed in form, but not in effect. The Czarist oligarchy has given way to proletariat absolutism. But the mass of the great Russian population remains as apathetic as ever.

The Bolsheviki number only 410,000 out of a population of more than 100,000,000 people, the greater part of whom form the peasant classes. The Soviet Government can, therefore, hold the reins of control only by relying upon the traditional inertia displayed by the peasants and by suppressing despotically any opposition, actual or presumed.

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