After the loss of World War One by Germany and Austria, the Allies convened to discuss in the Paris Peace Talks. It is understandable that Germany and Austria were not allowed to participate in these peace talks. What I don't understand is why Russia wasn't invited to participate. Hadn't they helped the Allies win the war by attacking Germany on the Eastern Front? I understand they were communist, but weren't they a major factor in the victory of World War One?

  • Would be interesting to know, did they try to attend? Did they send a delegation? – Ne Mo May 15 '16 at 19:37
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    According to wikipedia, there was a delegation from a Russian faction present: "Whilst Russia was formally excluded from the Conference,[42] despite having fought the Central Powers for three years, the Russian Provincial Council (chaired by Prince Lvov[43]),the successor to the Russian Constituent Assembly and the political arm of the Russian White movement attended the conference." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Peace_Conference,1919#All-Russian_Government.28Whites.29 – rougon Oct 7 '16 at 16:31

Russia made a unilateral peace deal with Germany in 1917 and left the war altogether. And doing so they broke their alliance with the Allies. It would have been strange to see the Allies invite Russia to the peace talk. Also they where in political turmoil and civil war was looming in....

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    It would have been strange to see them invite the bolsheviks, but why not invite the whites? – Bregalad Apr 27 '16 at 18:14
  • @Bregalad I am unsure as to when the Allies officially recognized the Bolsheviks, but nonetheless after WWI they had taken over the government, regardless of what the Allies wanted. It wouldn't of made sense to invite a movement that wasn't even part of the government. – user3814413 May 8 '16 at 3:48
  • @Bregalad great question! I'd never thought of that. I suppose they didn't think the whites had any hope of delivering on whatever was agreed. – Ne Mo May 10 '16 at 13:55

Because the RSFR (I.e. Bolsheviks) weren't recognised as a legal government. In fact both sides of WW1 had been fighting against them. The Bolsheviks refused to pay the Russian Empire's debts or honour its treaties, so really they had no leg to stand on in terms of being recognized as the successor of the Russian Empire, even if they had wanted to be. Since they believed all Europe was about to erupt into revolution, they probably weren't bothered.

  • This is not quite true. They were recognized de facto. There was a German ambassador in Moscow (Mirbach, who was assassinated in 1918), and neither the Germans nor the Entente really fought the Bolshevik government, though they helped to some whites in some periods. – Alex Apr 25 '16 at 21:45
  • America alone sent over 11,000 troops, and wasn't even the biggest contributor. They directly engaged the Red Army. Britain was the first country to give formal diplomatic recognition to the Soviets, and that wasn't until 1921. At the time of the Paris peace treaties, Russia was still in flux and it wasn't even certain that the Bolsheviks would win. – Ne Mo May 9 '16 at 22:36
  • Americans engaged the Red Army?? Where did you read this? – Alex May 10 '16 at 5:12
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