August 1 1914 The Russian Empire was involved in the First World War. By the beginning of 1915, the country had lost more than 1.5 people killed, wounded, maimed and captured. The result of the war was a deep economic and political crisis. At the beginning of 1917, one day of the war cost 1 million gold rubles. In February 1917, a bourgeois revolution took place in Russia, and in October of the same year the Bolsheviks came to power. The Bolsheviks signed a separate peace with the Germans.