Lavr Kornilov. Rise to power and popularity. Fought in the Russo-Japanese war and was promoted to colonel Was a key general in WW1 Was captured by the Austrian-Hungarian army but escaped back to Russia, praised for his bravery. Initial involvement in the Revolution.
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“Kornilov had all chances of seizing power in the country. The officers and a major part of the Cossacks, entrepreneurs and intellectual elite were on his side. Kornilov could also rely on the support of the allies in Antanta, who nurtured hopes he wouldn’t allow Russia to step out of the war”