The Red Fleet: Organisation after October

  • Evan Mawdsley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


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


Central Committee Senior Officer Popular Sovereignty Russian Revolution Military Section 
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