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  • When Russia entered the war, they were unprepared, so soldiers started dying. Czar Nicholas thought it would be best if he went and led the Russian soldiers himself.
  • My soldiers need me, and the people back in Russia will do fine on their own!
  • People started becoming angry because many soldiers were dying and the government rationed bread, so there were fuel and food shortages. Russians started rioting, and the czar ordered army men to fire into the crowd.
  • Bread! Bread! We need more food!
  • This is hooligan movement! People run around just to create drama. If it were cold, they would probably just stay home!
  • Many of the soldiers forced to shoot into the crowds refused, and the czar realized he had no power. Czar Nicholas and his family stepped down from the throne.
  • We have no power! We must step down from the throne.
  • Russia's temporary government decided to stay in the war to protect their honor. However, many people were not happy with that decision.
  • What do we do?
  • We are tired of fighting, starving, and suffering!
  • Local councils, called soviets, became more powerful than the government in some areas. One group, the Bolsheviks, gained the support of soviets. Their leader, Vladimir Lenin, promised an end to the war, and land for peasants.
  • Peace, Land, Bread!
  • Oh no! The Bolsheviks have come to overthrow us!
  • Soon, they renamed themselves the Communists. Not everyone was happy with them, though. Sadly, civil war broke out, and by 1921, the Communists had total control. They named Russia the USSR.
  • Yes! The Bolsheviks have won!
  • But... we don't want to be communists!
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