During September and October 1917, Kerensky and the Provisional Government began to lose their power. Peasants in the countryside were rebelling and taking land, and soldiers were deserting and joining the Bolsheviks due to Soviet's Order No. 1. As a result, Kerensky prepared to form the Constituent Assembly - Lenin knew he need to take action before this, so return from exile in October and announced that the Bolsheviks should revolt. On the night of the 6 November, the Bolsheviks took over key locations in the Petrograd then stormed the Winter Palace on the 7 November, facing little opposition/resistance.