In 1894, Nicholas II became the last Czar of Russia. At first, he wasn't ready to take the role. Shortly after he became Czar, he married Alexandria Feodorovna and they had 5 children.
Workers were unhappy with their working conditions. They all met up together and marched trying to gain more rights and freedom. Sadly, hundreds were killed and it led to more violence.
Red vs. Whites
Nicholas II brought Russian into the war. The soldiers did not have much supplies. The Czar went to the front and left his wife in charge. 4 million soldiers died and another 8 million taken prisoner.
In March 1917, Women workers led a citywide strike. Riots started to break out because of shortages on supplies like bread and fuel. More than 200,000 participated in the riot. Nicholas II sent his soldiers to control the riots but they ended up joining them, then the Czar was forced to step down from the throne and his entire family was executed.
1920-1921, The reds defeat the whites, and assumed total control of Russia. 14 million Russians dead. The victory of the red army proved that nothing could stop them.
Once Lenin dies in 1924, Joseph Stalin seizes power and becomes leader of the USSR. In 1928, he had total control of the Communist Party. Stalin was a very strict ruler and often used violence to get what he wanted.