Russia 1881-1924 Timeline (Colour Coded)

A timeline of most events between 1881 - 1924.


AII - Alexander II

AIII - Alexander III

NII - Nicholas II

PG - Provisional Government

PS - Petrograd Soviet

L&B - Lenin and the Bolsheviks

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Crimean War 1853-1856
Alexander II comes to power 1855
Emancipation of the Serfs 1861
Zemstva Introduced in Countryside 1864
Duma established in towns 1870
Introduction of Conscription 1874
Pobedonostsev fears constitution in letter to Alexander III 1879
Death of Alexander II 1881
Alexander III comes to power. His reign is known as `The Reaction'
Law on Exceptional Measures (Extra Repression)
The Manifesto
Russification, Anti-Semitism. 5 million Jews are sent to Pale Settlement
The Holy League (Anti-Semitists) were set up
Temporary Laws: Banned Jews from Professional Lives and from not being
Peasant's Land Bank set up 1883
The University Statute 1884
Poll Tax abolished. 1886
Noble Land Bank introduced.
Redemption Fees Reduced
Only 21% Literate 1887
Introduction of Land Captains 1889
The Zemstva Act 1890
17/39 Provinces encounter Famine due to a long hot summer, an early
winter, a population increase and land hunger
Late Help for famine 1892
Municipal Government Act
Industrial Revolution Starts
Witte becomes Minister of Finance
Bad Harvest Ends 1893
Alexander III dies after bruise to kidney 1894
Nicholas II comes to power
The road to revolution begins as political opposition appear and discontent
in the countryside and industrial centres increases
68 strikes in Russia 1895
Social Democrats formed 1898
Harvest Failure
Harvest Failure 1901
Social Revolutionaries (Populists) form. 2000 Political assassinations
between 1901 and 1905, including Grand Duke Sergei. They wanted to
destroy the autocracy
Social Democrats split. Lenin takes the Bolsheviks and Martov takes the
Russo-Japanese War starts 1904

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January 9th: 1000 Demonstrators are killed outside the Winter Palace
during a demonstration led by Father Gapon. The day is named "Bloody 1905
Japan capture Port Arthur and many soldiers are killed or mutiny
14000 strikes in Russia
October 17th: October Manifesto released granting civil freedom and
announces the formation of a state duma.
The liberals split to form Octobrists and Kadets.
The Union of Russian People formed by Tsar. They were right-wing.
The Black Hundreds are formed.…read more

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Rasputin is poisoned twice, shot twice yet manages to crawl to courtyard
where he is shot again and drowned. He is then buried in the royal
residence at Tsarskoe Selo.
Nicholas II closes Duma. 1917
Several strikes in Mainland Russia
Rasputin is disinterred and burnt
Tsar's train is stopped by troops on its way to Petrograd and redirected to
March 1st: Nicholas II abdicates.
March 1st: Provisional Government take control. 1917
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October: Yudenic attacks Petrograd and fails 1919
White Army is destroyed 1920
1920 ­ 1921: Russo-Polish War
March 1921: Kronstadt Rebellion
March 1921: Lenin announces NEP at 10th Party congress
April 1921: Poland given a large part of BeloRussia
CHEKA replaced with GPU 1922
29th December: USSR forms
21st January: Lenin dies.…read more


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