#1917LIVE finale: 17 best tweets
17. Student Vladimir
An excited tweet by math student Vladimir Khlebtsevich who studied at Petrograd University in 1917. He won’t live to be 23, falling victim to the Revolution during protests.
16. Kronstadt Sailors
Sailors at the Kronstadt Naval Base were a turbulent bunch, first rejecting monarchy, then the Provisional Government that was in charge after the Emperor abdicated his throne.
15. Pavel Zavarzin
Gendarme Zavarzin tweeted this photo of a youthful Stalin in hopes that the revolution would not happen. Little did he know…
14. Bolshevik Mikhailov
Bolshevik Lev Mikhailov tweeted this GIF during the first uprising of 1917, known as the February Revolution (which happened in March after the calendar was changed from Julian to Gregorian).
13. Romanov Sisters
Everyone loves a good mirror selfie. This gem went up thanks to British author and historian, Helen Rappaport, who took up the account of the Romanov sisters, Nicholas II’ and Alexandra’s four daughters.
12. French Embassy
This early tweet by the French Embassy showing footage of a snowy Moscow from a century ago was a hit.
11. US Embassy
As the events of WWI neatly unfolded in Twitter according to their timeline, by February the 1917 US Embassy announced Woodrow Wilson’s stance against Germany.
10. Grachev Brothers
An account of a jewelry store in St. Petersburg of 1917 tweeted this photo following the February unrest, illustrating how daily life in the capital was changing.
9. Petrograd Soviet
Petrograd Council of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies posted this artwork by Alexander Apsit, one of the founders of political posters in Russia.
8. Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky celebrated his birthday in style, right in the middle of the October Revolution.
7. Vladimir Abrosimov
Another Stalin tweet shot secret police officer Vladimir Abrosimov to fame.
6. Petrograd Military Revolutionary Committee
An announcement that the Soviets won power in the October Revolution.
5. Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin congratulated Twitter on International Workers’ Day and the feed loved it.
4. Cruiser Aurora
The October Revolution was set off by a blast from Cruiser Aurora docked in Petrograd. This tweet is lit.
3. Nicholas II
Opening the top three of our list, is Nicholas II and his announcement of leaving the Emperor’s throne.
2. Mata Hari
All I know is my current heart is a ghost town, populated by passions, enthusiasm, loneliness, shame, pride, betrayal, and sadness #1917LIVE— Mata Hari (@Mata_Hari_1917) September 16, 2017
At number two comes Mata Hari, an account run by none other than award-winning author Paolo Coehlo.
1. Vladimir Lenin
To work, comrades! Tonight will be historical! ✌️ #1917LIVE— Vladimir Lenin (@VLenin_1917) November 6, 2017
And the leader of the revolution, Vladimir Lenin, is at the top of the list with the most popular tweet. He was also recently voted Person of the Year in an open vote conducted by Revolutionary Times, a fictional news outlet that started off as Russian Telegraph.