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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

In the name of the Government of the Russian Republic, on behalf of the Council of People’s Commissars, we dismiss Dukhonin from your post for refusing to obey government orders and for conduct that entails untold hardships for the working people of all countries and especially the armies. See more

Yesterday the “new government” led by Lenin and Trotsky tried to take 10 million from the State bank. This attempt was not successful.

The Bolsheviks are in power. Lenin, Trotsky, Lunacharsky, are national commissioners of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and National Education. There is a truce offering with Germany. The Allies refuse to recognise the government of the Russian Revolution. And pacifists are blamed for all problems!

To Comrades Kamenev, Zinoviev, Ryazanov and Larin

Once before, the Central Committee delivered an ultima—turn to the leading exponents of your policy (Kamenev and Zinoviev), demanding complete subordination to the Central Committee’s line and decisions, and renunciation of efforts to sabotage its work and of all subversive activity. See more


To The Population

For the bourgeoisie, freedom of the press meant freedom for the rich to publish and for the capitalists to control the newspapers, a practice which in all countries, including even the freest, produced a corrupt press. See more

Bolshevism is not merely a political doctrine; it is also a religion, with elaborate dogmas and inspired scriptures. When Lenin wishes to prove some proposition, he does so, if possible, by quoting texts from Marx and Engels. See more


On the opposition within the Central Committee


The political question is now merging with the military question

I felt like a surgeon who has finished a difficult and dangerous operation I must wash my hands, take off my apron, and rest. Lenin was in a different position. He had just arrived from his refuge, after spending three and a half months cut off from real, practical direction. See more

Decree on Land

(1) Landed proprietorship is abolished forthwith without any compensation.

(2) The landed estates, as also all crown, monastery, and church lands, with all their livestock, implements, buildings and everything pertaining thereto, shall be placed at the disposal of the volost land committees and the uyezd Soviets of Peasants’ Deputies pending the convocation of the Constituent Assembly. See more

The meeting of the Central Committee of the Bolshevik party chaired by Lenin has begun.

Lenin talks about the success of the revolt and raises the question of founding a Soviet state.

And then a question arose: "What should we call the new government and its members?". "The Provisional government" seemed to be a played out term, and the word "provisional" didn't correspond with our ambitions. Calling the Cabinet members "ministers" seemed even more bureaucratically dull. And then Trotsky found a word that everyone immediately agreed on - "people’s commissars."

"Yes, it sounds great!" said comrade Lenin. "It feels revolutionary."

The Provisional Government has been deposed.

Age: 47
Birth name: Vladimir Ulyanov
Views: Bolshevik
Occupation: Revolutionary


in Petrograd
in Moscow