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

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

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.

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

Arrested “old regime” nobles and aristocrats being convoyed.

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

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

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

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

Old Russia generals climb into a truck.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

A church is being looted. Old grannies are probably trying to protect it, but the soldiers don’t listen to them.

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

Portraits of old nobility being burned.

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

Monks and priests now are forced to work, not just preach and collect donations.

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

People were easily shot by the new power, in their thousands.

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

Old nobility members were evicted from their mansions and large city apartments, they had to carry some of their belongings with them. Many of them had never done any real work.

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

Some people greet the new power, some don’t

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

Peasants looting the mansions of rich men.

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

New power supporters – peasants, sailors, soldiers, workers are now welcome in theatres that were previously visited only by the rich and wealthy or the nobility. However the new power supporters don’t know how to behave there.

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

Kids breaking statues in the private park of a rich man, now unguarded.

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

Another pair of people are brought to “trial” in a ransacked mansion.

Those were the times!

11 thoughts on “Harsh Realities of 1917 Revolution in Paintings of a Petrograd Police Officer”

  1. 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.

      • 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.

        • …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…

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

  2. 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. “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.

    • 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…

    • 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. Much of the threat to our liberties – freedom of speech, freedom to associate, freedom to think independently, is being advanced by various radical factions, particularly among youth and administrations in universities in the US, all of them spawns of Marxism. This is creating the backlash that elected Trump and is turning our political system into a mud wrestling circus. What is scarcely realized is that both the fascist oligarchy and the Marxist radicals thirst for a world government, their aims are the same and they are now working in concert to subvert democracy. If hegemony is reached by this globalist Agenda 21, guess which faction will gobble the other. The left is slowly cutting its own throat.

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