Odessa Soviet Republic

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Odessa Soviet Republic
Одесская Советская Республика
Soviet Republic of Russian SFSR

 

1918
 

Flag of Odessa

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Location of Odessa
Area claimed by the Odessa Soviet Republic
on March 1, 1918.
Capital City of Odessa
49°54′N 36°18′E / 49.900°N 36.300°E / 49.900; 36.300Coordinates: 49°54′N 36°18′E / 49.900°N 36.300°E / 49.900; 36.300
Government Soviet republic
Chairman Vladimir Yudovsky
Legislature Council of the People's Commissars
Historical era World War I
 -  Republic proclaimed 5 January 1918
 -  Disestablished 13 March 1918
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The Odessa Soviet Republic (OSR; Ukrainian: Одеська Радянська Республіка; Russian: Одесская Советская Республика) was a short-lived Soviet republic formed on January 31 [O.S. January 18] 1918 from parts of the Kherson and Bessarabia Governorates of the former Russian Empire.

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The republic was proclaimed during the Bolshevik invasion of Ukraine immediately before Bolshevik forces pushed the Ukrainian government out of Kiev and Sfatul Ţării proclaimed the independence of the Moldavian Democratic Republic. The Odessa Soviet's governing body was the Rumcherod, formed in May 1917 shortly after the February Revolution. After its Second Congress, the OSR's Soviet was chaired by Vladimir Yudovsky. He had been installed after a pro-Bolshevik coup d'état organized by the Narkom Nikolai Krylenko.

In January 1918, Yudovsky was appointed Chairman of the local Council of the People's Commissars and formed a government that included Bolsheviks, anarchists and members of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party. The government proclaimed Odessa a free city and pledged allegiance to the Bolshevik government in Petrograd. The following month, the government was liquidated by Mikhail Muravyov and merged with the regional Central Executive Committee Rumcherod.

The city issued its own postage stamps and money. Amid the instability generated by the Civil War, these had greater value than money issued by the former Tsarist central government.[citation needed]

Political instability meant that the OSR was not recognized by any other government, including Russian Bolsheviks, during its brief existence. The Republic did manage to stop the advancing Romanian Armed Forces at the Dniester and conduct a series of counter-attacks. However, the Republic ceased to exist when it was sacked by German and Austro-Hungarian troops on March 13, 1918, two months after its creation, following the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between the Central Powers, Ukrainian People's Republic and Petrograd Sovnarkom. The government and army evacuated first to Nikolayev, then to Sevastopol and finally to Rostov-on-Don.

Odessan five-rouble note, 1917.

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