Russia's empire stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. World War I broke out and this fueled national pride in Russia. WWI quickly strained Russian resources
Rasputin's influence over Alexandra had reached new heights and weakened confidence in the government. A group of Russian nobles killed Rasputin on December 29, 1916.
Russian soldiers had no rifles ad no ammunition. Russian casualties reached 15 million.
The March Revolution forces Tsar Nicholas to abdicate, which led to the DUma then setting up a provisional government. In April, Lenin returned to Russia in order to instigate a revolution. In November, the provisional government failed to end the war and resolve internal problems. The November Revolution brought the Bolsheviks to power.
In March, the Bolsheviks signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In June and July, war erupted between the Bolsheviks and the Whites, which led to the Reds (Bolsheviks) executing the tsar and his family. In November, the Allies signed an armistice with Germany.
The communists set up a network of forced labor camps which only increased in number when Stalin came into power.
In November, the Communist (Red) government won the civil war after years of bloodshed and fighting.
Lenin adopted the New Economic Policy which allowed some capitalist ventures. The state still held control over banks, foreign trade, and large industries. This also allowed peasants to hold on to small plots of land and were able to sell their surplus crops.
Lenin dies in 1924 at the age of 54. His death caused a power struggle among the Communist leaders. Some contenders were Trotsky and Joseph Stalin.
Russia's resources were quickly exhausted both at home and on the battle field as they fought in WWI. Riots break out and the citizens begin to realize they cannot trust their government. After Rasputin is killed, the March Revolution takes place and the Bolsheviks rise to power. The Allies sign an armistice with Germany which brings the war to an end. The Communists institued multiple work camps which only grew in number after Stalin came to power after Lenin dies in 1924.