BBC World Service’s Russian Service looks at the events surrounding the Russian Revolution 100 years ago, in Revolution-100, a series of documentaries, animation, infographics, picture galleries and stories running until November on bbcrussian.com, TV, and via digital and mobile platforms.
Between March and November 2017, Revolution-100 will feature a wide range of content including:
- A four-part video series, The Train From Zurich To The Revolution, tracing Lenin’s train journey from Zurich to Petrograd, which put him in the centre of the struggle for power in the Russian capital. Starring the popular Russian actor, Mikhail Yefremov, the documentary asks why Germany had facilitated that momentous journey.
- A special video feature filmed at the Russian Duma, re-enacting the drama of the political struggle of 100 years ago. The country’s budding legislative organ of the time – set up to establish democratic governance in Russia – was soon obliterated by the Bolsheviks.
- Research into the economic situation in the country as the February Revolution was largely triggered by bread riots and strikes in Petrograd – asking what an average worker could buy and if hunger was really widespread.
- Research into the social layout of the country whose monarch abdicated after centuries of absolute rule.
- Letters From The Frontline – a personalised look at the role of the First World War in the disaffection that brought the soldiers, and their families, into the ranks of the protesters.
- Faces Of The Revolution – portraits of seven key members of the provisional government; Mikhail Rodzyanko, Alexandr Protopopov, Pavel Milyukov, Vasiliy Shulgin, Prince Georgiy Lvov, Generals Nikolai Ruzsky and Mikhail Alekseev.
- The world press reaction to the revolution as it unfolded.
- The story of three brothers from Nizhniy Novgorod, whose different political choices and resulting lives reflect the trials and tribulations of 20th century Russians.