1917 was a turning point for the Russian Empire. Dissatisfaction of the masses with prices, inflation, repeated mobilizations, a protracted war, in which many no longer saw any sense, finally resulted in large-scale unrest. On March 9, the number of strikers reached 200, 000, riots, police killings and robberies broke out. The demonstrators demanded a change of government. Taking the country to extremes, on the afternoon of March 15, 1917, Emperor Nicholas II signed a manifesto abdicating the throne in his own name and on behalf of his son in favor of his brother Mikhail, as well as a decree on the appointment of Prince G.E. Lvov as the chairman of the Provisional Government.