Read More... Featured Poster of the Week “Long live organized, armed people!” This poster was published during the Russian Civil War and it calls for popular, armed action, presumably against Tsarist Russia. On the flag is “RSFSR” (Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic). What started in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) as a workers strike on March 8, 1917 boiled over into revolution by March 12 when Imperial Russian troops of the Petrograd garrison declared mutiny. This act is considered to be one of the events that led to the Red Army and the Red Navy. Vladimir Lenin arrived in Petrograd in mid-April 1917 calling for an end to Russia’s participation in WWI, expropriation of land to the people, and the dissolving of the Imperial Army. By October 29th, the Committee of Revolutionary Defense (later re-named the Military Revolutionary Committee) controlled the army and naval commands in Petrograd. This committee also maintained connections with a five-man group (Josef Stalin, Iakov Sverdlov, Andrei Bubnov, Moisei Uritsky, and Felix Dzerzhinsky) known as the Military Revolutionary Center (RVTs). The RVTs coordinated soldiers, sailors and armed workers during the seizure of Petrograd when the Provisional Government was toppled. Subsequently, RVTs authority helped transfer power to the Soviets after the Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets that occurred in November 1917. Early-on, the Bolshevik army was a haphazard group of Red Guards and former Imperial soldiers. It was not until January 1918 that the Council of People’s Commissars formalized the creation of the Red Army.