Russian Revolution Timeline

  • Decembrist Revolt

    Decembrist Revolt
    A decembrist is any russian who helped in the unsuccessful revolt. Many who participated where members of the Russian military. As a result of the failed revolt, new tsar, Nicholas I, instilled new systems of rigorious police and censorship.
  • Emancipation of the Serfs

    Emancipation of the Serfs
    Document was the first liberal reforms instituted during Alexander II's reign. Serfs gained liberty and rights such as full citizenship, freedom to marry who they want, and right to own property and businesses.
  • Bloody Sunday

    Bloody Sunday
    Massacre of peaceful, unarmed protesters by the Imperial Guard. Protesters were angered about Tsar Nicholas II. Protest was taken plane in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Revolution of 1905

    Revolution of 1905
    Viewed as a political and social protest, protest spread across the nation. Peasants refused to work, terrorism began, and militaries started mutinines. As a result, the government changed to a constitutional monarchy, and gained a multi-party system as well as constitution of rights.
  • Russia Enters World War I

    Russia Enters World War I
    World War I began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Alliances among nations created what may have been a small war a huge war between many large empires, including Russia. Russia leaves the war during the October Revolution.
  • Rasputin Murdered

    Rasputin Murdered
    Rasputin had become close to the Romanov's family by treating the daughter's haemophilia. Men attempting to murder the man had laced his beloved snack, cupcakes, with cyanide. When that attempt failed to work, they beat stabbed him many times, binded him, and threw him in the river. Rasputin died from drowning.
  • March Revolution

    March Revolution
    The first of two revolutions in St. Petersburg. It resulted removal of Tsar Nicholas II. He was then replaced by the Russian Provisional Government as an alliance between liberal and social Russians
  • Tsar Nicholas II Abdicated

    Tsar Nicholas II Abdicated
    As Russians demanded reform, the tsar was removed of his title. They replaced his rule with the Russian Provisional Government. A democratically elected executive represented the nation with a constituent assembly.
  • Bolshevik Revolution

    Bolshevik Revolution
    Also called the October Revolution, the Bolshevik revolution followed the March Revolution in the same year. Overthrowing the Russian Provisional Government, the Bolsevhik's took control of the nation. This revolution is directly related to the Russian Civil War and the formation of the USSR.
  • Murder of the Romanovs

    Murder of the Romanovs
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    Peace treat that ended World War I. It was signed exactly five years after the assassination of the Archduke to settle the disagreement between Germany and the Allied Powers.The treaty left Germany broke and depression, causing the Nazi party to form and start World War II.
  • Lenin Dies

    Lenin Dies
    Lenin founded the Communist Soviet Party and created the foundation of the USSR. Lenin survived many assassination attempts, but could not survive his stroke. Joseph Stalin took his place as the leader of Russia.
  • Stalin Takes Power

    Stalin Takes Power
    Stalin was the first General of the Communist Soviet Party. After Lenin died he gained power. He signed a non-aggresstion pact with Germany, but entered the war when the pact was broken. After World War II, Russia entered the cold war with the United States.
  • USSR Formation

    USSR Formation
    Single-party system dominated by the communists. Controlled over what is now Russia and many other surround nations in East Europe and North Asia. The cold war began between the USSR and the U.S. due the Soviet's want to continue to spread communism around the world and America's fear of it.