The provisional government launched the disastrous Kerensky offensive. It was an unpopular decision as Russia was suffering greatly due to the war draining it's resources.
Many people in Petrograd responded to the Kerensky Offensive with demonstrations. Protesters supported the Bolsheviks as they were the only party against war, however Kerensky arrested Bolsheviks and Lenin fled to Finland.The use of force to break up demonstrations seemed like a return to Tsarist regime.
Kerensky appointed Kornilov as head of the army but he turned against Kerensky and tried to seize power.…