Having destroyed the old world with the shot of the Aurora, in 1917 the Bolsheviks began to actively build a new world. As they could. After all, the state was now ruled by 'every cook'.
In order not to reinvent the wheel, it was decided at first to leave many state structures as they are. After all, in the former Russia, the management system operated very smoothly and clearly. Therefore, the People's Commissariat of Posts and Telegraphs of the RSFSR was created from the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs of the Provisional Government of Russia. In short ‒ Drug composter.
This event happened right after the storming of the Winter Palace, on October 25, 1917. The leaders of the uprising were well aware that without communication they would not be able to coordinate the actions of the revolutionary regiments. Therefore, first of all, in the rebellious Petrograd, not only railway stations, banks and bridges were taken under control, but also all the buildings of the telegraph and post office.
Within six months ,the 'bourgeois' positions of heads of departments and post directors were replaced by commissars nominated by local Councils. And Soviet postal relations began to develop in the country.
During the difficult period of the civil war, which logically broke out in the young Soviet state in 1918, the post of People's Commissar of Posts and Telegraphs of the RSFSR was held by Vadim Podbelsky, a hereditary rebel. Born into a family of exiled revolutionaries in Siberia, he absorbed the spirit of freedom from childhood. That, however, did not prevent him from subsequently, as the head of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, establishing the most severe censorship in his department. It was Podbelsky who came up with the idea not to miss 'extremist and false' telegrams, the meaning of which was revealed, of course, in the process of reading all the messages.