Defeat by Germany could mean a return to the old order and restoration of the Romanov dynasty. The Bolsheviks polled just 24 percent. In March Lenin wrote: I suggest to all the members of the editorial board that they co-opt 'Pero' as a member of the board on the same basis as other members.
As part of the wider crisis in authority, the Petrograd Soviet had limited control over revolts in the provinces and agrarian communities. In response, Trotsky organized a "unification" conference of social democratic factions in Vienna in August a.
His vision won out in the Central Committee. These would include his left-wing rivals, the Mensheviks and the Socialist Revolutionaries.
These measures proved disastrous. In the section of articles and notes on the events of the day, he will not only be very useful, but absolutely necessary. He brutally suppressed counter-revolutionaries and bandits.
The Tsar was forced to give up his throne and a new government took over. The majority of the leaders of the Petrograd Soviet had no intention of taking power. While contending with civil war and economic upheaval at home, Lenin also turned his attention to the international arena.
While imprisoned in the camp, Trotsky established an increasing friendship with the workers and sailors amongst his fellow inmates, describing his month at the camp as "one continual mass meeting".