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Creativity and courage are two of the main attributes of revolutionaries and underground activists.
In the beginning of the 20th century, the Social Democratic Party succeeded in accomplishing what is arguably the most audacious enterprise in the whole history of revolution in Russia. Not only did they legally settle right under the nose of the police department, but also arranged for the periodic publishing of “disruptive literature,” that is illegal newspapers and leaflets.
Today, the “1905-1906 Underground Printing Office” museum reproduces the atmosphere surrounding these extraordinary events with astonishing accuracy.
covert printing office
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The First Russian Revolution (1905-1907)
The covert enterprise was established during the course of the First Russian Revolution of 1905-1907. It was triggered by the so-called Bloody Sunday of January 22, 1905, when unarmed demonstrators willing to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard in St. Petersburg. More than two years of mass political and social unrest resulted in establishment of limited constitutional monarchy, the parliament (the State Duma), the multi-party system, and the Russian Constitution of 1906.
«9th of January 1905, Vasilievsky Island»
The shop’s owner, Marian Kalandadze, was in fact a revolutionary and a port loader in Batumi.