Hope you had a fantastic Halloween! Now that the candy corn and booze have worked their way through our systems, we’d like to turn our attention for this week’s newsletter to a special upcoming event that changed the course of human history: The October Revolution.
People the world over, from the United States to Russia, will come out this year to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution–the event that created the first successful revolution to give rise to the world’s first Socialist state, the USSR.
About the Revolution:
The October Revolution was organised and led by the Russian Bolshevik Party who, on 7 November 1917, successfully overthrew Alexander Kerensky’s Provisional Government, the temporary leadership that replaced Tsar Nicholas II after being overthrown the February before.
Appalling working conditions, prolonged involvement in WWI, food shortages, and growing opposition in the Petrograd province (now St. Petersburg) to the corrupt, incompetent bourgeois government exploded into two crises leading up to October.
Armed workers under the command of the Red Guard and Military Revolutionary Committee began to seize government buildings and then finally captured the Winter Palace in a relatively bloodless coup against Kerensky’s bureaucracy, successfully ending his 8-month long rule.
To show our support for our revolutionary forefathers, check out these tees that we’ve got in the AllRiot shop:
“Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!” – Karl Marx