Russian Provisional Government

Government before Soviet Takeover, July 1917-October 1917

The Russian Provisional Government (Russian: Временное правительство России, tr. Vremennoye pravitel'stvo Rossii) was a provisional government of Russia created after the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of the Russian Empire on 2 March [15 March, New Style] 1917.[1][2] The purpose of the provisional government was the creation of elections to the Russian Constituent Assembly and its convention.

The government lasted only eight months and caused a "disorganized army".[3]


  1. Manifest of abdication (in Russian)
  2. "Announcement of the First Provisional Government, 13 March 1917". 2002-12-29. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  3. Harold Whitmore Williams (1919) The Spirit of the Russian Revolution, p. 14, 15. Russian Liberation Committee, no. 9, 173 Fleet Street. London