The freer Russia is, and the more resolutely our republic recognises the right of non-Great-Russian nations to secede, the more strongly will other nations be attracted towards an alliance with us, the less friction will there be, the more rarely will actual secession occur, the shorter the period of secession will last, and the closer and more enduring — in the long run — will the fraternal alliance be between the Russian proletarian and peasant republic and the republics of all other nations.
Source: Pravda No. 46, May 15(2), 1917. In LENIN. Collected Works. Volume 24, April - June 1917 Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1964.
The Speech of the Finnish Social Democratic Party Representative Evert Huttunen at the Session of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies on June 20, 1917 in Petrograd
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