Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia

Provisional Government Of Autonomous Siberia

Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia

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The Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia (PGAS), was an ephemeral government for Siberia created by the White movement.

After the Bolsheviks' seizure of power in Petrograd, All-Siberian Extraordinary Congress of Delegates from Public Organizations, was convened in Tomsk on December 7, 1917. The SR-dominated assembly refused to recognize Soviet authority or its decrees, and during its last session on December 15 called for the convocation of an “all-socialist” Siberian Regional Duma and appointed a Provisional Siberian Council, answerable to the Duma, that would “act as a government.” The opening of the Duma was set for January 8, 1918.

As it happened, the Duma could not open on the date the congress had set for it for lack of a quorum requiring that a minimum of one-third of the delegates, or ninety-three, be present. Many of the delegates had already been arrested by local Bolshevik authorities; others had not been able to reach Tomsk.

When three weeks later, on the night of January 28–29, some forty delegates finally succeeded in meeting, they expeditiously elected a government known as the Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia (PGAS), under the chairmanship of a young Socialist-Revolutionary P. Derber.

Of the PGAS's twenty ministers, only six had been present at the founding meeting of January 28–29.Two had been in Bolshevik prison, and the rest were scattered throughout Siberia and north China and were chosen inabsentia, without their prior...
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