The Red Fleet: Organisation after October
The new rulers of Russia understood that to control something as complex as the navy it was essential — at least in the short term — to make use of some experienced senior officers. The first choice was none other than Kerensky’s last Navy Minister, Admiral Verderevsky, who was regarded as a liberal. The admiral had been arrested at the Winter Palace, but on 27 October he was released from prison and returned to his duties. Verderevsky probably co-operated because he thought, like many others, that Soviet power would be very short-lived, but he resigned on 4 November rather than accept the Soviet-appointed Captain Ivanov as Assistant Minister.1
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