Russian people going about their routine activities in Petrograd, Russia, immediately following World War One. People walk on the snow covered sidewalks. The city looks metropolitan, with offices and shops. A horse-drawn sled moves on the street. Women perform heavy labor shoveling snow.
Alexander Kerensky, War Minister of the Russian Provisional Government and Russian Army Commander-in-Chief, General Lavr Georgiyevich Kornilov, enter a building in Petrograd .They are accompanied by many staff officers. Dramatization of ending hostilities between Russia and Germany. A Russian and a German soldier shake hands and are joined by soldiers from both sides. German and Russian soldiers celebrate. Russian troops returning from the front. A Russian soldier adjusts his socks and boots. Russian troops hike and move cargo in horse-drawn wagons. Russian troop train with soldiers on roof. Caption refers to Lenin being in Petrograd on October 7, 1917. Places, in Petrograd, inhabited by Vladimir Llyich Lenin, and Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. Newpapers and letters pertaining to the period.
Tsar Nicholas II is seen with Grand Duke, Nicholas Nikolaevich (the tall officer in his retinue) during a military review at beginning of World War 1. Along with senior Russian officers, they review troops in formation at a parade ground near St. Petersburg (Petrograd) Russia. After reviewing the formation, they walk past a low platform in the center of the field, where Russian Orthodox Metropolitan vladimir (Bogoyavlensky) of Petrograd (St. Petersburg) stands with several priests. With their hats removed, The Tsar and his party review a military unit in formation, whose members also have their their hats removed. The Tsar and party approach the Bishop and stop to cross themselves. The Bishop responds with a slight bow to the Tsar. Scene changes to members of the French military mission to Russia standing at the edge of the parade grounds. Next, the Tsar and his retinue walk to take up a position from which to review Russian troops on parade. Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, in uniform, walks with his father. As troops pass in review, young Alexei is seen at left of the screen standing at attention. Scene shifts to another part of the grounds, where camera pans across the Tsar and party to military representatives from other nations.
Soon after World War 1, a tugboat leads two ships through narrow open water channel in frozen Russian bay. Buildings and trees in the far background. View of area covered with snow. Children wearing warm clothes stand in front of ship on which is written: 'Margus Newark USA'. An American flag flutters on the flag pole of the ship. The children pose for photograph. A cinematographer hand cranks his movie camera on a city street. Other men stand with him. Buildings along the sides of snow covered street.
Scenes of unrest in Russia during World War 1. Crowds of Russians, disappointed with the war, their government and the general state of affairs, demonstrate in Petrograd, during the so-called February Revolution. Some carry banners reading "Freedom and Equality, and similar slogans. (This event triggered the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and formation of a Provisional Government.) In another sequence, a huge mass of Russians, mostly women, move through a street in Petrograd on International Women's Day, May 8th, during a period of labor strife and unrest. In final sequence, Russians are seen packed together on a warm day, possibly listening to a speaker. (These may be brief scenes from the July Days uprising, in Petrograd, When a peaceful demonstration by half a million people, was put down by armed troops resulting in some 700 deaths.) (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Slate refers to March 17, 1917,when Russian Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and a Provisional Government was formed in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) during World War 1. It is followed by what appears to be a staged film enactment of a mob storming a palace. Soldiers and citizens, carrying sticks and clubs, rush up a stairway inside, while others are seen charging an entrance and beating on palace gates. A statue of the Russian Imperial Seal is seen with one eagle head broken. Next, poor quality documentary scenes show a prison courtyard littered with debris. Bars on the doors and windows are bent and broken. Several persons are seen moving about in the debris. Later a group of people are seen at work cleaning up debris, placing it into a horse-drawn wagon. Slate compares this event to the fall of the Bastille during the French revolution. Russian soldiers loyal to the Bolsheviks and the soviet cheer in streets of Petrograd. Armored cars and an artillery field piece are manned by the revolutionary Russian soldiers. A street is filled with Russian soldiers and some civilians. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)