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1914 Russia entered World War I on the side of Britain and France
1917 February Revolution - Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, the Provisional Government took over
1917 October Revolution - Bolsheviks (Communists) led by Lenin took control of Russia
1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ended fighting between Russia and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary)
1922 Stalin became secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1924 Lenin died
1929 Stalin became undisputed leader of the USSR. Policy of collectivisation began.
1932 Famine gripped the countryside
1933 Belamor Canal completed
1934 Sergey Kirov, Stalin’s rival, murdered
1935 Stakhanovite movement began
1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact
1940 Stalin had his former rival, Leon Trotsky, murdered in Mexico
1941 Germany attacked the USSR
1942 German attack on Stalingrad was unsuccessful and was a turning point in the war
1945 World War 2 ended
1949 USSR tested its atomic bomb
1953 Stalin died