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The Russian Revolution (1917)


he rising death tolls of World War I disillusioned many Russian citizens, and the country’s political and economic turmoil, aggravated by the poor leadership of Czar Nicholas II, ultimately led to a revolt by the people. Socialist leaders moved into power, taking advantage of the hostile environment. In February 1917, the regime of Czar Nicholas II fell and a socialist government was formed. However, by October 1917, Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks took over leadership of Russia, creating the communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR, which controlled Russia and neighboring countries for the next seventy-four years.

Also Known As
February Revolution or Overthrow of the Tsar; October Revolution
Russian Revolution
Bolsheviks Come to Power: October Revolution
November 7, 1917 (Julian Calendar); October 25, 1917 (Gregorian Calendar)
Bolsheviks Come to Power: November 7, 1917
The Bolsheviks arrest the Provisional Government and take over the banks and transportation systems.
St. Petersburg, Russia
8 Mar 1917
12 Mar 1917
7 Nov 1917
Other: Czar and family executed
17 Jul 1918
Other: General Strike
10 Mar 1917
Other: Czar’s government arrested
12 Mar 1917
Other: Socialists overthrow Monarchy: February Revolution
March 8, 1917--March 12, 1917
Other: Bolsheviks come to power: October Revolution
7 Nov 1917
Other: International Women’s Day
8 Mar 1917
February Revolution: February 23-27, 1917, Julian Calendar
March 8-12, 1917, Gregorian Calendar
February Revolution: Revolution Started
From women protesting the bread lines; the revolution is a series of protests
Influential figures
Vladimir Lenin; Leon Trostky
Important Figures
Sgt. Kirpichnikov ; Alexander Kerensky

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