Russian Social Democratic Labour Party

The Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP; in Russian: Российская социал-демократическая рабочая партия (РСДРП), Rossijskaja social-demokratičeskaja rabočaja partija (RSDRP)), also known as the Russian Social Democratic Workers' Party or the Russian Social Democratic Party, was a socialist political party founded in 1898 in Minsk (then in Northwestern Krai of the Russian Empire, present-day Belarus).

Russian Social Democratic Labour Party
Российская социал-демократическая рабочая партия
Central CommitteeVariable
Founded1 March 1898; 125 years ago (1898-03-01)
Merger ofSBORK
Emancipation of Labour
Jewish Labour Bund
and smaller Marxist organizations
Succeeded by
Political positionLeft-wing
Centre-left to far-left
International affiliationSecond International
Colours  Red
Most MPs (Jan, 1907)
65 / 518
Party flag

Formed to unite the various revolutionary organizations of the Russian Empire into one party, the RSDLP split in 1903 into Bolsheviks ("majority") and Mensheviks ("minority") factions, with the Bolshevik faction eventually becoming the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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