Angela Di Gregorio

A "new" State and a "new" legal order: the Bolshevik Revolution and its legal legacy one hundred years after the "October"

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The present article examines the origin of the Soviet Socialist State as a result of the October Revolution of 1917, underlining its initial characteristics and sources of inspiration, some with Western origin. In addition to outlining the contents of the Socialist regime in its evolution over time, the article also tries to explain the failure of the "October" ideas in relation to the principle of self-government of the people, which was evident from the preparatory works of the first Soviet Constitution of 1918. The self-government of workers and the Socialist democracy were sacrified on the altar of the Communist Party's vision, based on the total concentration of power and the prohibition of any form of pluralism or dissent.


  • Bolshevik Revolution
  • Socialist State
  • Communist Ideology
  • Power Concentration
  • Soviet Heritage


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