Provisional government was simply caretaker government, so had no authority in. Petrograd soviet issued manifesto of its own - order #1 (march 1) - later on expanded by lenin to april theses (april 3) 2, provisional government did not have any justification to exist; 3, provisional government already discredited itself under the name of the people. Consequences of the collapse russian monarchy and why the revolution (short time period with vast changes/consequences) continued. As of february - two contending rivals provisional government and petrograd soviet (dual power) itself to continue the tsar"s policies (to continue tsarism) Lenin decided to remark on what the bolshevik party within petrograd soviet stood for. Soviets (council of workers or people - bottom-up) -- entire union of soviets countrywide: kornilov affair (end of august) Provisional government decided to try to use force to organize, used a coup from above.