This Week in History
Communists Depose Russian Rulers
25 October 1917
Communists led by Vladimir Lenin bring down the Russian government.
In 1917, Bolshevik communists led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin stormed the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and deposed the provisional Kerensky government. Despite strong support in St Petersburg and Moscow, they couldn't gain control over the entire country and civil war soon broke out. The conflict continued until 1920 when the communists finally gained control of the country as a whole.
communists (noun): people who want collective rather than private ownership of resources
storm (verb): attack rapidly and with great force; go in very fast
provisional (adjective): short term or temporary
break out (verb): begin suddenly (conflict)
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In 1917 the communists deposed the Kerensky government by
Following the events of 1917, Russia's people fought among themselves for control of their country for
The communists believed that their country's wealth and resources should be