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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

Everyone, everyone, everyone… The government can transfer power only to Constituent Assembly, and therefore has decreed not to surrender and to submit itself to the protection of the people and the army—a telegram regarding which has been sent to the General Headquarters. 

Let the country and the people respond to the insane attempt by the Bolsheviks to start an uprising on the home front of the fighting army.

Government in full attendance with the exception of S.N. Prokopovich. Situation considered favorable. City Duma and Council of Peasants’ Deputies on the side of the government. Palace hit though only by small-arms fire and without consequence. Clear that enemy is weak. Government informed by the General Headquarters that troops coming to the rescue from the front. Bicycle battalion expected tonight and several regiments in the morning.

Noting with deep sorrow the lamentable developments that have latterly been affecting our defenceless hotbeds of piety, the Local Council appeals to the Supreme Government of the God-protected Russian State with the request that it take measures to afford genuine protection to Orthodox monasteries, safeguarding them from criminal violations by evil individuals not only of the freedom and welfare of the cloisterers, but also of the integrity and prosperity of the monasteries themselves.

Considering it necessary to put an end to the seeming uncertainty about the system of government, having in mind the unanimous and enthusiastic acceptance of the republican idea, which was reflected at the Moscow state assembly, the Provisional government declares that governmental order, ruling the Russian state, is a republican one and proclaims a Russian republic.

The death penalty by shooting is to be established as the maximum penalty for military personnel within the theatre of operations for the following crimes: See more

Recently we have observed numerous instances of publication of military information in periodicals, the disclosure of which had a detrimental effect on the course of military action, and sometimes directly helped the enemy. In light of this, the Provisional Government, fully realizing its duty to the motherland, considers it necessary to quickly establish new rules of military censorship.

All official-grade metal weapons and firearms as well as military supplies currently in the hands of the residents of Petrograd and its surrounding territories shall be submitted for use by the army. The organization of this arms collection shall fall to the Ministries of War and Internal Affairs.

All those who participated in the organization and leadership of yesterday’s armed demonstration against government authorities and all those who supported and encouraged it are to be arrested and assigned legal responsibility for treason against their homeland and betrayal of the revolution.

Every citizen of the Russian state is guaranteed freedom of conscience. Correspondingly, a citizen’s enjoyment of civil and political rights does not depend on his religious confession, and no one can be persecuted or restricted in any of his rights due to his persuasion in matters of faith.

The politics of accommodating the bourgeoisie, the politics of maneuvering between the revolution and the counterrevolution, is clearly becoming unsustainable. The Provisional Government is decidedly turning toward the path of barefaced counterrevolution. The obligation of the revolutionaries is to band together ever more tightly and to move the revolution forward.

I consider the decree of the committee of delegates to deprive officers of their weapons shameful, to the military command, to the officers, the navy and to myself personally. I believe that neither I nor any other officer has done anything that would cast doubts on their sincerity, or suggest the existence of any motives besides their desire to serve Russia’s armed forces. See more

As the spokesman for the meaning and will of revolutionary democracy, the coalition Provisional Government must set before itself the tasks of the war and its consequences and the tasks of the planned organization of the national economy and labor, which are the results of the collapsed old regime’s failure. See more

The Provisional Government has resolved:

  1. To abolish the death penalty.
  2. In all instances where current civil, military and naval criminal laws prescribe the death penalty as punishment for criminal acts, it shall be replaced by a forced labour term of definite or indefinite duration.
  3. This decree also encompasses court sentences imposed prior to its promulgation and as yet not carried out.

To declare the abdicated Emperor and his consort under arrest and to deliver the former Emperor to Tsarskoe Selo.


in Petrograd
in Moscow