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Decline and Fall of the Romanov Dynasty: The Dumas

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DumaRussian in full Gosudarstvennaya Duma (“State Assembly”), elected legislative body that, along with the State Council, constituted the imperial Russian legislature from 1906 until its dissolution at the time of the March 1917 Revolution.

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Government corruption was rampant, the Russian economy remained backward and Czar Nicholas II had repeatedly dissolved the Dumas, the Russian parliamentary groups established to placate the masses after the Revolution of 1905, each time they opposed his will.


Both the appearance of the parliament, known as the Duma, and its operation until the Revolution of 1917, cannot be considered as natural occurrences, but only within the context of the upheaval that the Russian Empire faced in its last years.