Directorate (Russia)

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Kerensky Second Government
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3rd cabinet of Russian Republic (since 1917)
Date formed September 1, 1917
Date dissolved November 7, 1917
People and organisations
Head of government Alexander Kerensky
Head of state Grand Duke Michael (conditionally)
Alexander Kerensky (de facto)
Member party Socialist-Revolutionaries
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition cabinet Executive Committee of Petrograd Soviet
Opposition party RSDLP
Opposition leader Nikolay Chkheidze / Leon Trotsky
Incoming formation Kerensky I
Outgoing formation Lenin
Predecessor Alexander Kerensky
Successor Vladimir Lenin

The Directorate (Kerensky Second Government) was the short-lived transitional government of Russia during the Russian Revolution. It consisted of five main ministers and lasted for about three weeks.


  1. Minister-President Alexander Kerensky
  2. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Tereschenko
  3. Military Minister Alexander Verkhovsky (Kommunarka)
  4. Marine Minister Dmitry Verderevsky
  5. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Alexei Nikitin (Kommunarka)


The Directorate was founded by decree of the Russian Provisional Government on September 14, 1917. The Directorate was responsible for "public affairs until the establishment of the Cabinet." The Directorate was created to resolve the crisis stemming from the Kornilov Affair and the collapse of the Second Provisional Government.

On October 8, with the formation of the 3rd coalition, the Directorate was abolished.

During the Directorate Russia was proclaimed a republic and the State Duma of the Russian Empire was dissolved.

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