Symbols of monarchical power—emblems, coats of arms, double-headed eagles, and tsarist statues—were destroyed. Despite the turmoil, the authorities could have contained the situation if they had avoided open conflict with the crowds.
Peter hired Italian and German architects to design it.
In he traveled "incognito" to Western Europe on an month journey with a large Russian delegation—the so-called "Grand Embassy". Local authorities were ordered to prevent a rescue of the Romanovs, and after a secret meeting of the Yekaterinburg Soviet, the imperial family was sentenced to death.
Throughout his reign, the Czar vigorously implemented broad governmental reforms which he felt would finally break Russian society free of its pastoral ancestry. The high taxes that often accompanied his various reforms led to revolts among citizens, which were immediately suppressed by the imposing ruler.
Disguised in a wig, Lenin left his hiding place and made his way to the Smolny Institute and ordered the uprising to begin. Peter decided that all of the children of the nobility should have some early education, especially in the areas of sciences.
Red flags and banners began to appear, calling for the downfall of the monarchy. He engaged in such pastimes as shipbuilding and sailing, as well as mock battles with his toy army. By the summer ofPeter, then age 17, planned to take power from his half-sister Sophia, whose position had been weakened by two unsuccessful Crimean campaigns against the Crimean Khanate in an attempt to stop devastating Crimean Tatar raids into Russia's southern lands.