10 Harsh Realities of 1917 Revolution in  Paintings of a Petrograd Police Officer

Harsh Realities of 1917 Revolution in Paintings of a Petrograd Police Officer

Posted on November 7, 2017 by tim

Today is the 100 year anniversary of the Great October Revolution (as it was called in the USSR) or the 1917 October Revolution. Here are some first-hand witnessed depictions of events of that time by the painter Ivan Vladimirov, who used to work in the Tsar Police department in Petrograd at that time.

Arrested “old regime” nobles and aristocrats being convoyed.


People with axes chopping down Tsar emblems – two headed eagles.

“Wine trade – wine, liquor, beer, cigarettes”

Old Russia generals climb into a truck.

Peasants carry things that were probably looted from the houses of rich people who are no longer protected by the old laws.

An old army officer and some other people with pots of hot water or soup. A new “master” passes by on an automobile.

Probably a scene of the looting of the home of a rich peasant.

Reading aloud propaganda materials about the new power. The person in the leather jacket is holding a portrait of Trotsky in his hands. Trotsky himself would later be executed in Mexico.

Aristocrats try to escape Russia by boats, but there is not enough room for everyone so they forget their manners and stampede.


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10 Responses to “Harsh Realities of 1917 Revolution in Paintings of a Petrograd Police Officer”

  1. Douglas says:

    In the first foto they were shooting the painted portraits. Later they killed the living people….most of the Romanov family.

    Now in 2017 they have new aristocrats and billionaires…..the oligarchs such as the owners of the raw materials of Russia. It continues…..not much changes over time.

    • Sergey says:

      This is the biggest disaster in Russian history.

      • Douglas says:

        The communist government was permanently stained by their actions during the ”revolution”. The cold-blooded murder of the entire Imperial family was a big mistake. Even the subsequent exile and killing of ‘enemies’ of the State was nothing more than wanton thuggery.

        • Benjamin Morgentau says:

          …for me it is not the poor nor the workers who are stained, it is the greedy ruthless rich looting the land, plundering natural ressources and force people into slavery and keep them poor and without rights. It happens today in a grand scale in Europe and any other continent. It was in 2013 at the WEF meeting in Davos where the elites came to the conclusion that the greatest future threats to the system will not come from the outside nor from nature. It will come from strikes, demonstrations, protests and violence form the poor. THis lead to massive higher budgets for military, police, crowd control systems…

          • Douglas says:

            Yes, Benjamin you are correct. Most nations, especially the USA and UK, are turning into a police state. The future looks very grim.

  2. Benjamin Morgentau says:

    Understandably if one looks at such data as the ones explained by David Ruccio on RWER. “From oligarchs to Soviets—and back again” https://rwer.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/from-oligarchs-to-soviets-and-back-again/ no wonder it happend und justly so. What happens with wealth and income distribution today is simply a criminal act, especially right after the fall of the iron curtain. Not only in Russia…

  3. Papa Karlo says:

    “Probably a scene of looting of a rich peasant.”

    No this is no looting – this is Prodrazverstka – taking away all “surplus” food the peasants produced by the government for free. Surplus meant everything that they could not eat themselves.

    Lenin implemented this state-wide policy in 1918 and it was one of the main reason for the Civil war in Russia. The policy was a part of implementation of communist economy: money are abolished, everybody works for free, and the government gives rations to all workers. Hence all surplus peasants produced by definition belonged to the government.

    This policy very quickly lead to total disintegration of the Russian economy, widespread hunger, uprising, Civil war, terror, and overall cost Russia tens of millions dead (probably about 20 million).

    For those who say that communism in itself is a good idea – this is what PURE communism looks like.

    • Benjamin Morgentau says:

      Pls. have a look at the Cargill Corporation owned by just one family. With annual revenues of over $119 billion (bigger than the GDP of 70% of the world’s countries ), Cargill is the world’s largest trader of grains, the world’s largest privately held corporation and one of a handful of agribusiness giants that are shaping the increasingly globalized food system to their advantage. Operating in more than 66 countries, Cargill produces, trades, manufactures, and markets all manner of agricultural commodities touching almost every aspect of our food supply. How does this look like at the end if the day? Cargill destroys the existence of the poor for the profit of the rich. It does so in the richer northern countries as in the poorer southern countries. Now take Cargill together with Monsanto…

    • Slaven says:

      papa karlo you must be very big moron in rela life. It was a War Communism in a completely war ruined and mismanaged country by tsar Nikolai II incompetence. What did you expect roses falling from the sky?!?!?!!?!?

  4. David says:

    So Benjamin, what would you have us do rise up against Cargill? Or just go on with what life we have left.

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