A Hundred Years Ago A “Ukraine” Wasn’t Even in the Works

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Vladimir Kornilov

It is precisely on this very day [October 15th – ed] exactly 100 years ago that the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (bolshevik), answering the numerous requests of the Bolsheviks of Kiev, presented his vision of how the administrative structure of the South of Russia should look: “You are almost not affiliated with Simferopol, Yevpatoriya, Sevastopol, and Nikolaev joined the Donetsk region. It seems to us, in general, that it would be more expedient to include in your area the governorates: Kiev, Chernigov, Poltava, Volyn, Podolsk. And this indeed would be the Southwest region. And  the Kherson and Taurida governorates, with the adjoining to them of the Chisinau one, should form the special Southern region”.

As you can see, already a month before the October revolution the leadership of the Bolsheviks was not going to create any Ukraine, seeing the South of Russia divided into three region – Donets-Krivoy Rog (on the map – 2), Southern (3), and Southwest (1).

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