During the February Revolution a series of protests broke out in Petrograd, then Russia's capital, because of food shortages and the general dissatisfaction of the population regarding the Tsar's regime. The protests quickly spiraled out of control when the Petrograd garrison mutinied and joined the protesters. In a few days, having lost all military support, Tsar Nicholas II had to abdicate the throne. A Provisional Government was established, supported by the Petrograd Soviet, at least until the Bolsheviks could organize themselves in order to seize power.
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