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Dual Power (February-October 1917)

 
Liberal Provisional Government Petrograd Soviet Of Workers and Soldiers Deputies
held officially the reins of power the unofficial government supported by the armed workers and soldiers of the capital
 

Why the Soviets did not seize power immediately?

 
Most socialist leaders believed that Russia was not ready for a socialist revolution
Most socialists believed that the Soviets had to entrust the power to its class enemy, the propertied elements
The bourgeois government would continue to rule the country and direct the development of capitalism for a long period
The Soviets of Workers' and Peasants' Deputies needed time to master the technique of administration from the bourgeoisie
Psychological factors: most socialist leaders shared the culture and outlook of Russia's upper classes
 
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