Sometime in the middle of the 19th century, Russia entered a phase of internal crisis that in would culminate in revolution. Its causes were not so much economic or social as political and cultural.
Lenin expressed his confidence in the success of the planned insurrection. His confidence stemmed from months of Bolshevik buildup of power and successful elections to different committees and councils in major cities such as Petrograd and Moscow.
The committee methodically planned to occupy strategic locations through the city, almost without concealing their preparations: The editors of these newspapers, as well as any authors seen to be calling for insurrection, were to be prosecuted on criminal charges.
At 10 AM, Bolshevik-aligned soldiers successfully retook the Rabochy put printing house. What followed was a series of sporadic clashes over control of the bridges between Red Guard militias aligned with the Military Revolutionary Committee and military regiments still loyal to the government.
At approximately 5 PM the Military Revolutionary Committee seized the Central Telegraph of Petrograd, giving the Bolsheviks control over communications through the city.
Petersburg, then capital of Russia against the Kerensky Provisional Government. The event coincided with the arrival of a flotilla of pro-Bolshevik marines, primarily five destroyers and their crews, in St. At Kronstadt, sailors also announced their allegiance to the Bolshevik insurrection.
In the early morning, the military-revolutionary committee planned the last of the locations to be assaulted or seized from its heavily guarded and picketed center in Smolny Palace. The Red Guards systematically captured major government facilities, key communication installations and vantage points with little opposition.
Railways and railway stations had been controlled by Soviet workers and soldiers for days, making rail travel to and from Petrograd impossible for Provisional Government officials. The Provisional Government was also unable to locate any serviceable vehicles.
On the morning of the insurrection, Kerensky desperately searched for a means of reaching military forces he hoped would be friendly to the Provisional government outside the city, and ultimately borrowed a Renault car from the American Embassy, which he drove from the Winter Palace alongside a Pierce Arrow.
Kerensky was able to evade the pickets going up around the palace and drive to meet approaching soldiers. The proclamation was sent by telegraph throughout Russia even as the pro-Soviet soldiers were seizing important control centers throughout the city.
The Bolsheviks also prolonged the assault for fear of violence since the insurrection did not generate violent outbreaks. As the night progressed, crowds of insurgents surrounded the palace, and many infiltrated it.
Some of the revolutionaries entered the Palace at After sporadic gunfire throughout the building, the cabinet of the provisional government had surrendered. The only member who was not arrested was Kerensky himself who had already left the Palace.
This was aided by the historical reenactmententitled The Storming of the Winter Palacewhich was staged in This reenactment, watched byspectators, provided the model for official films made much later, which showed a huge storming of the Winter Palace and fierce fighting.
After a single day of revolution, the death toll was low not because Bolsheviks decided not to use artillery fire, but instead because the class struggle was used as the strongest weapon.
There was not much of a storming of the Winter Palace because the resistance basically did not exist and at 2: The Bolsheviks effectively controlled the almost unoccupied Winter Palace not because of an intense military barrage, but because the back door was left open, allowing the Red Guard to enter.
Later stories of the heroic "Storming of the Winter Palace" and "defense of the Winter Palace" were later propaganda by Bolshevik publicists. It is said[ who? The same mariners then dispersed by force the elected parliament of Russia,  and used machine-gun fire against protesting demonstrators in Petrograd.
Later, during the first hours after the taking of the Winter Palace, Dybenko personally entered the Ministry of Justice and destroyed there the documents about the financing of the Bolshevik party by Germany. As for the "several shots in the air", there is little evidence suggesting otherwise.
The alleged action of Dybenko entering the Ministry of Justice to destroy documents as recalled by Savchenko can also be challenged. In the book Radio October Everything is calm in Petrograd. The power is in the hands of the revolutionary committee.Velvet Revolution; End of communist rule in Hungary; Romanian Revolution While soviet historians and officials tended to depict the event in heroic terms, some Soviet historians began to implement an "anthropological turn" in their historiographical analysis of the Russian Revolution.
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A radical political party, led by Vladimir Lenin, that split from the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party in The Bolshevik Party favored a closed party consisting of and run by professional revolutionaries and supported the idea of a dictatorship that would accelerate the transition to socialism.
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