The Russian revolution began when The Czar Alexander the 2nd was assassinated by Revolutionaries.
With the growth of factories new problems arose, such as grueling working conditions, low wages, and child labor. The people affected by this organized strikes.
Russo-Japanese war: Late 1800's, Russia and Japan competed for control of Korea and Manchuria. They signed agreements but Russia broke them. Japan fought back and caused many Russian losses.
Bloody Sunday, 1905: About 200,000 workers and their families approached the Czar's winter palace. They had a petition for better working conditions and more personal freedom. The Czar ordered his soldiers to fire at them and injured thousands.
1914, WW1 starts: Russia was unprepared to handle the military and economic costs. More than 4 million Russian Soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken as prisoners.
While Nicholas was fighting on the war front, his wife, Alexandra ran the government. She ignored advice of the cheif advisors and began to take influence from a mysterious "holy man" named Rasputin