In 1905, Russians faced many challenges that held them back from having a thriving country. Among these challenges was poverty. Many peasants worked on farms but were unable to buy the land they worked on because they were very poor.
STOP THE MARCH!
Demanding a change, a group of Russians gathered to march in St. Petersburg on Sunday, January 22, 1905. They were upset not only by the poverty and corruption in Russia, but also by the the defeat of Russia by Japan in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904.
The protesters were marching for their cause peacefully, but word of the event made its way back to the czar, Nicholas II.
Nicholas II wanted to end the march particularly because the marchers were against him. He told his soldiers to stop them.
Following Nicholas II's orders, the soldiers shot into the crowd of peaceful marchers. The number of those who were killed or injured was in the hundreds.
Nicholas II wanted his soldiers to stop the march, but their forceful response sparked more revolts throughout Russia. These revolts would lead to the killing of the royal family including the czar, and Russia would eventually become communist. Leaders such as Vladmir Lenin and Joseph Stalin would rule communist Russia.