Which events led to the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia?
- A conflict grew between the Provisional Government and the Bolsheviks as Lenin feared that the Provisional Government may set up a dictatorship.
- On 16 October 1917, Lenin persuaded them to accept socialists’ power and appointed a Military Revolutionary Committee under Leon Trotskii to organise the seizure.
- The uprising began on 24 October and Kerensky, the Prime Minister left the city to call troops.
- In a swift response, the Military Revolutionary Committee ordered its supporters to seize government offices and arrest ministers.
- By nightfall, the city was under the Committee’s control and the ministers had surrendered.
- Uprisings took place in other cities. There was heavy fighting but by December, the Bolsheviks controlled the Moscow-Petrograd area.