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The Struggle for Byelorussia's Autonomy in the First State Duma (1906)

Elections to the first Duma  of the Russian Empire in February-March 1906 were held in an atmosphere of mixed hopes, confusion and nationalistic tension...The Belarusian Socialist Hramada, the only possible organiser of the Belarusian national element boycotted the election together with other leftist socialist parties...Officially, there were twelve Belarusians in the first Duma. But Polish deputies from Litwa and Rus did not join the Polish Circle, but, together with the Belarusians and Lithuanians, joined the autonomists' faction...

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