Russian Soldiers rarely had enough to eat, and were forced to forage for their food.
Workers organized a peaceful march to the Czar Nicholas II's Palace on 1/9/1905 to protest their dreadful working conditions. The palace guards opened fire, killing thousands of men, women, and children.
The people of Russia, who already suffered from terrible conditions, were forced to engure food shortages. Peasants began hoarding grain, and using a barter system since they could not get enough money for their harvests.