My children have nothing to eat. We are all so hungry
How are we supposed to survive when all the money we are making goes to Tsar?
You may have the right to vote!
Bloody Sunday and 1905 Revolution
Let us show the emperor our petition! We want rights!
Russia had no form of income tax. This resulted in Tsar taxing the peasant farmers to maintain his regime. This increased many hardships among the peasants. There was little food and hard, long work days.
World War 1
We are all starving
Tsar is ruining our lives
By 1905, Tsar Nicholas II implemented some reforms such as universal suffrage (the right to vote) , freedom of speech as well as the creation of an elected legislative assembly. Tsar still held authoritative power in Russia and the citizens were not happy. This led to protests and what was known as the 1905 Revolution...
1917 Revolution and Vladimir Lenin
Before "Bloody Sunday" happened, 150,000 workers signed a petition in hopes of Tsar giving them rights and better working conditions. Thousands of people ended up marching to give the petition to Tsar, and when Russian soldiers saw this, they thought it was a threat. This ended with 200 people being murdered. This was known as a short lived revolution and consisted of strikes, protests, and discontents.
The Bolshevik Red Army
The first World War in 1914 escalated many ongoing issues in Russia such as starvation among many and protests against the Regime. Tsar's poor leadership during the war led to many loses. Citizens were furious at this point.
Another war lost
The 1917 Russian Revolution consisted of two revolutions. One was to overthrow the Tsar and the second was to put Lenin and the Bolshevik party in power. Lenin gained support from peasants and soldiers through his saying "peace, land, and bread."
Peace, land, and bread for the workers, peasants, and soldiers
Armed factory owners stormed the Winter Place in Petrograd and called themselves the Bolshevik Red Guards. They ended up taking over government offices and arresting the provisional government. Leon Trotsky commanded the Red Army.