5 November 1925. "The Ace of Spies" Sidney Reilly, an inspirational character for James Bond, is executed in Moscow

5 November "The Ace of Spies" Sidney Reilly, an inspirational character for James Bond, is executed in Moscow

9 November 1932. Stalin’s wife Nadezda Allilujeva shoots herself after a long argument at home

9 November Stalin’s wife Nadezda Allilujeva shoots herself after a long argument at home

12 November 1927. Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party leaving Stalin an undisputed ruler of Soviet Union

12 November Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party leaving Stalin an undisputed ruler of Soviet Union

18 November 1699. Peter the Great issued a decree calling all freemen to enter military service thus creating a new kind of army

18 November Peter the Great issued a decree calling all freemen to enter military service thus creating a new kind of army

22 November 1906. Stolypin’s agrarian reforms are introduced with a decree that allowed private ownership of land. Color by Klimbim

22 November Stolypin’s agrarian reforms are introduced with a decree that allowed private ownership of land. Color by Klimbim

24 November 1729. Russian Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov is born

24 November Russian Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov is born

3 November 1957. Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with the world’s first animal to enter orbit - a dog named Laika

3 November Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with the world’s first animal to enter orbit - a dog named Laika

4 November 1956. Soviet Union sends tanks to put down the Hungarian Revolution, thousands are killed and injured

4 November Soviet Union sends tanks to put down the Hungarian Revolution, thousands are killed and injured

6 November 1943. Soviet Red Army recaptures Kiev

The inevitable military conflict that grew out of the consequences of WWI. The Soviet Union came out of the war more powerful than ever.

8 November 1986. Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Soviet Union Vyacheslav Molotov dies

8 November Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Soviet Union Vyacheslav Molotov dies

10 November 1982. Leonid Brezhnev dies

Leader of the Soviet Union He became the leader of Soviet Union because the Party needed someone more predictable than Khrushchev had been.

15 November 1971. Soviet intelligence officer Rudolf Abel dies of lung cancer

15 November Soviet intelligence officer Rudolf Abel dies of lung cancer

17 November 1796. Empress of Russia Catherine the Great dies

17 November Empress of Russia Catherine the Great dies

20 November 1620. Saint Avvakum, a priest and the leader of the Old-Believers dies

20 November Saint Avvakum, a priest and the leader of the Old-Believers dies

1 November 1894. Emperor Alexander III dies

Summary of Alexander III of Russia. Alexander III was known as 'The last true autocrat' and 'Peacekeeper'.

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