This article examines the basis of power of the Krasnoiarsk Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies in 1917. It challenges the still-commonplace ‘dual power’ paradigm, using Krasnoiarsk as an example to counter the contention that soviets seized outright power in particular localities. As the Krasnoiarsk Soviet became active in state affairs, it increasingly engaged other local organisations in the processes of power. The article draws on previously unexamined archival materials from Krasnoiarsk, including administrative records of the Soviet and other local organisations involved in delivering state functions.
Tatiana Anatolievna Kattsina‘The “Vast Process of Social Construction” in Siberia during World War I (1914–1918)’Terra Sebus: Akta musei Sabasiensis.Special Issue (2014) 245–58. The municipal Committee for Refugee Relief rapidly expanded taking on a large body of professional staff and volunteers before being shut down in autumn 1916 by guberniia authorities. Its functions thereafter passed to centrally-administered national refugee committees: ibid 249–253.
SafronovOktiabr’ v Sibiri216. More recent accounts of Duma elections in Siberia have likewise adopted this approach: M. V. Shilovskii Politicheskie protsessy v Sibiri v period sotsial’nykh kataklizmov 1917–1920 gg. (Novosibirsk 2003) 69–70. For a similar view on municipal elections from a Western historian see Timothy J. Colton Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Cambridge Mass. 1998) 80.