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Germany declares war on Russia; Russia enters World War I.
Lenin sends a telegram to communists in Penza, Central Russia, complaining about uprisings in the area and calling for the public execution of 100 kulaks (wealthy peasants).
Tsar Alexander II is assassinated by a member of the radical group People’s Will. He is succeeded by his son, Alexander III, who enacts anti-terrorism measures that curb civil rights and freedom of the press. (copy) (copy) (copy)
An armistice between Russia and the Central Powers is signed, and Russian leaves World War I.
sar Nicholas II abdicates and also removes his son from the succession. A Provisional Government is formed to replace the tsarist government.
Tsar Nicholas II and his family are executed by the Bolsheviks.
Pogroms against Jews spread across the Russian Empire, leading to mass emigration of the Jewish population.
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