Second All-Russia Congress of Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies
Decree on Transfer of Power to the Soviets

Written: October 26/November 8, 1917
First Published: Vtoroi Vserossiiskii Sezd Sovetov R. i S.D., p. 95.
Source: James Bunyan and H.H. Fisher, The Bolshevik revolution, 1917-1918: Documents and materials, Stanford University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1934, p. 124.
Translated: Emanuel Aronsberg
Transcription/Markup: Zdravko Saveski
Online Version: 2017

By decree of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets all members of land committees under arrest are hereby set free. The commissars who arrested them are subject to arrest.

Henceforth all authority belongs to the Soviets. The commissars of the [Provisional] Government are removed. All chairmen of the Soviets are to communicate directly with the revolutionary government.