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Project 1917 is a series of events that took place a hundred years ago as described by those involved. It is composed only of diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers and other documents

We reached Petrograd safely, if not on time. Everything there seemed quiet. We drove home to the Nevsky. The minute I was in the house I rushed upstairs to the Laimings to find out what had happened during our absence.At my entrance they both fell a step backwards as if they were seeing a ghost. See more

My pursuers were looking for me everywhere. They had no idea I was right there, right under their nose, between Gatchina and Luga, and not somewhere around Don or in Siberia. For me, there was nothing left to do but to lay low and change my appearance as much as I could. I grew a mustache and a beard.

We reached the forest and stopped. The officer said, "We're here, you should step out, Mr. Kerensky." Sailor Vanya, who arrived with me, joined me and stepped out as well. It was had to realize where we were - I could only see trees around us. Confused, I asked for explanations. "Farewell," said the officer. "Vanya will explain everything. See more

I tried to convince those people close to me to flee. I did not have to persuade my personal assistant, N.V. Vinner: we were determined to not give ourselves in alive. We intended, as soon as the Cossacks and sailors were going to search for us in the front rooms, to shoot ourselves in the back rooms. See more

In the morning I have called together a meeting of the military council with the participation of General Krasnov, his Head of Staff Popov, the Assistant Commander of the Petrograd troops Captain Kuzmin, Savinkov, Stankevich and one more staff officer. See more

Military-Revolutionary committee:

Kerensky’s gang has begun artillery fire. Our artillery responded and made the opponent to stop. Cossacks began the offensive. Deadly fire from sailors, Red Army troops and soldiers forced the Cossacks to retreat. Our armored cars crashed into enemy lines. The enemy is running. Our troops are pursuing them. An order was issued for Kerensky’s arrest.

The situation is uncertain, i.e. very bad. Almost no one has the strength to turn up the voltage, and it is falling, leaving no resolution behind it.

KERENSKY’S FORCES HAVE NOT ARRIVED (and will not arrive—that is already clear). See more

By the morning we should have been in Petrograd, but we had only gotten as far as Tsarskoye Selo. That same day an anti-Bolshevik revolt broke out in the capital. At four in the afternoon I was called to the telephone. See more

Here is a simplified meaning of the budding movement, which promises… I don’t want to define what exactly does it promise, however, it it promises a lot, and among other things, a CIVIL WAR WITH NO END.  See more

Halfway between Tsarskoe Selo and Gatchina, there was a meteorological observatory. From its heights, I surveyed the layout of government troops, which seemed to be in a state of strange passivity. See more

Antonov pronounced everyone arrested in the name of the MRC and started making a list of everyone present. Minister Konovalov signed his name first, then Kishkin and others. Kerensky was not in the palace.

I, Minister-President of the Provisional Government, and Supreme Commander of all the armed forces of the Russian Republic, declare that I am at the head of regiments from the Front who have remained faithful to the fatherland. See more

The meeting of the Provisional Government is coming to an end at the Winter Palace. They approved a plan of capturing Smolny. All ministers are heading home, only Kerensky and his deputy, Minister of Trade Alexander Konovalov, remain.

I order all regiments that are currently in Finland, to depart by rail for Petrograd. Where continued movement along the railway may be impossible, soldiers are to continue by echelon on foot.

Alexander Kerensky ordered General Vladimir Cheremisov, Commander-in-Chief of the Northern front, to immediately send troops to Petrograd.

Age: 36
Lives in: Petrograd, Russian Empire
Occupation: Politician, lawyer, revolutionary
Interests: Advocacy, jurisprudence, politics, economics, military affairs, oratory, literature


in Petrograd
in Moscow