This paper discusses the circumstances surrounding the creation of a ministry for the Russian minority in revolutionary Ukraine, as well as the legislative process governing the protection of minorities in general.
Open access: “Vid impers’koho narodu do nacional’noï menšyny. Ministerstvo velykorus’kyx sprav v Ukraïni, 1917–18 rr. [From the Great Russian People to a National Minority: The Ministry of Great Russian Affairs in Ukraine, 1917–1918],“ Ukraïna Moderna 29, 2020, 164–188 [in Ukrainian].
This article is devoted to the Ministry of Great Russian Affairs, which existed under various names in revolutionary Ukraine from the fall of 1917 to the summer of 1918. To this day, scholars have paid little attention to this institution, deeming it unproductive and hence on the margins of the Ukrainian Revolution. The Jewish and Polish ministries, which represented the two other large non-Ukrainian populations, were significantly more active. However, documents held in the Central State Historical Archive in Kyiv reveal that the activity of the Ministry of Great Russian Affairs was not all insignificant.