Events Leading Up to the Russian Revolution By ketellog Jan 1, 1700 Great Northern War Russia went to war with Sweeden. Russia was the victor. Dec 26, 1825 Decembrist Revolt 3000 military members revolted because they opposed Nicholas the First's views. Jan 1, 1861 Czar Alexander II Emancipates the Serfs The economy of Russia was struggling so they emancipated the serfs so they could help the eeconomy. Mar 13, 1881 The assasination of Alexander II Alexander II is killed by a bomb. Feb 8, 1904 The Russo-Japanese War Russia rejected a plan to divide land. Japan declared war with Russia. Jan 22, 1905 Revolution of 1905 A uprising occured because of a want to switch to autocracy. Jan 27, 1905 Bloody Sunday A group of workers led by a priest marched to the czar's palace revolting. The Czar's soldiers shot the majority of them. Jan 1, 1915 World War I Germany declared war on Russia, so Russia went to war. Mar 8, 1917 March Revolution Riot and strikes occur because of the lack of food. Mar 15, 1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicates the Russian throne The Russians were desperate for change, so they forced Nicholas II to abdicate.