Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom immediately! He also created a local government, the Zemstvo, that consisted of townspeople, villagers and landowners, that would deal with local problems. This was a great start to reform...
Are you people happy now?!
Many people were happy with the reforms! People finally felt like they were receiving attention from the government! However... this feeling didn't apply to everyone. A member of anarchist group, the "People's Will" assasinated him and put the era of reform to an end.
After Alexander II passed, Russia was in need of a new tsar. So in 1881, shortly after Alexander II passed, Tsar Alexander III and Sergei Witte (his finance minister) took over and continued to improve economically, but both leaders forgot to focus on the people of Russia.
Tsar Alexander II
Alexander III passed of illness, so his son, Nicholas II took over to run Russia. However, ignoring diplomatic protests, Japan launched an attack on Russia in 1905 by suprise.
It was my fault the Revolutions of 1905 happened!
And Nicholas II was right..he was upsetting so many Russians by not paying attention to common issues, such as liberal demands and peasant struggles, it led to the Russian Revolution and a specific event called Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday was a massacre of peaceful protests at Winter Palace in ST. Petersburg in 1905, triggering a revolution that overturned absolute tsarist rule and made Russia into a conservative constitutional monarchy.