Russia was first formed as the Tsardom of Russia, when Ivan IV assumed the title of Tsar and created a centralized Russian state in 1547. It's predecessor state was the Grand Duchy of Moscow, which itself was formed in 1283 after the destruction of Kievan Rus, which had existed since the 9th century.

In 1721, Peter I proclaimed Russia to be an empire, and formed Imperial Russia. In 1917, the short lived Russian Republic controlled the territory of Imperial Russia after Nicholas II was forced to abdicate by the February Revolution. The Russian Republic was dissolved less than eight months later following the October Revolution, and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was formed.

The Soviet Union was formed in 1922 and lasted until it was dissolved in 1991. The Russian Federation assumed the Soviet Union's rights and obligations.

On August 25, 1931, Marty McFly used the name of the film From Russia with Love to enter the El Kid speakeasy.

On October 24, 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis had been going on for nearly ten days, and many people thought the world would end that week. Colonel Lomax and the retired Lieutenant General Leslie Groves went to Doc Brown's mansion to offer Emmett Brown a large sum of money to invent a time machine, in order to prevent it from ever happening. Emmett Brown showed them his prototype time machine, the temporal field capacitor. After a test, the two men are interested, and Groves informs Emmett that he'll never have to worry about funding again.

After Lomax and Groves left, Emmett had worries that he could be ushering in an arms race through time, coupled with his regrets about ushering in the nuclear arms race of the Cold War through his participation in the Manhattan Project. He had a nightmare that saw Marty McFly travel from 1982, speaking Russian. He dreamed that he went to the future in the DeLorean time machine and saw the Soviet Union and the United States bringing soldiers through time to fight an unending war, as the two sides would always know the outcome and would continue to try to stop it.

After waking up the next day, Doc sent a letter to himself through the temporal field capacitor to August 1, 1962, when he knew that he and his dog Copernicus would be safe asleep in the fireproof lab in Doc's garage. The process of sending the letter so far back in time led to a buildup of flux energy, leading to an electrical fire, destroying Doc Brown's mansion. In the new timeline, the two men never talk to Doc Brown, as they believe him to be an insurance thief.


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