File No. 861.00/631
The Minister in Sweden ( Morris) to the Secretary of State
[Received 11.65 p.m.]
963. Information has reached me from Russia to the effect that a congress of Workmen’s and Soldiers’ Councils for all Russia which opened Wednesday evening in Petrograd sent out yesterday morning three proclamations:
- All power belongs to Soviets; the Government’s representatives have been removed from their posts; chairmen of various Soviets are in direct communication with revolutionary Government.
- Death penalty restored by Kerensky at the front is annulled and free play is given to political propaganda at the front; all revolutionary soldiers and officers arrested for so-called political crimes are to be set free.
- Former Ministers Konovalov, Kishkin, Tereshchenko, Malyantovich, Nikitin and others have been arrested; Kerensky has fled; all military organizations are exhorted to take all measures to arrest him and bring him back to Petrograd; all complicity with Kerensky will be punished as high treason.
After some fighting the Bolsheviki took possession of Winter Palace where all Ministers except Kerensky were located.