Russian Revolution 1917


February Rev.

Women Protest

February 23, 917

Women workers in Petrograd left their factories and entered the streets to protest because it was International Women's Day and the women wanted to be heard.

Women Protest

February 23, 1917

Women went out and protested on National Women's day because they wanted to be heard.

Petrograd shuts down

February 25, 1917

The city of Petrograd was basically shut down because nobody was working.

Czar's rule is over

March 1, 1917

Everyone knew that the Czar's rule was over (except for the Czar).

October Rev.

Another revolution

September 1917

Lenin believed the Russian people were ready for another revolution. Other Bolshevik leaders were not convinced.

Secret Meeting

October 10, 1917

A secret meeting of Bolshevik party leaders was held. Lenin used all his powers of persuasion to convince the others that it was time for an armed insurrection.

Revolution begins

October 25,1917

In the early hours of October 25, the revolution began.

Petrograd is taken over

October 25,1917

By late that morning, Petrograd was in the hands if the Bolsheviks -- all except the Winter Palace where the leaders of the Provisional Government remained.

Provisional vs. Petrograd Soviet

Lenin's Return

Lenin living in exile

February 1917

Lenin was living in exile when the February revolution transformed Russia. Once the Provisional Government allowed back political exiles, Lenin boarded a train in Switzerland and headed home.

Lenin arrives in Petrograd

April 3,1917

Lenin arrived in Petrograd at the Finland station. Thousands of workers and soldiers were there to greet him.

Lenin's speech

April 3,1917

Lenin made a speech later the day of his return and shocked everyone by denouncing the Provisional Government and calling for a new revolution.

Civil War

Russia breaks out in war

June 1918

Russia broke out in civil war. It was the whites (those against the Soviets) against the reds (the Bolshevik regime).

Czar family is executed

July 16,1918

On the night of July 16-17, 1918, Czar Nicholas, his wife, their children, the family dog, three servants, and the family doctor were all woken up, taken to the basement, and shot.

The fall of the Soviet Union


The Russian civil war dramatically changed the fabric if Russia. The moderates were gone. What was left was an extreme, vicious regime that was to rule Russia until the fall if the Soviet Union in 1991.