OK. That makes sense. In that era the Russian economy was, by a wide margin, the fastest growing economy in Europe. They were building railroads and manufacturing infrastructure at a very rapid pace. ( another element of the tragedy of WWI).
Russia started a massive Naval buildup early in Nicholas II s reign, and did yet another after their disastrous losses in the 1905 war with Japan. During this period they added substantially to their own ship construction, but throughout the period depended a lot on ships manufactured in the UK and Germany under contract.
I'm not aware of any particularly Russian problems in this area, but they may well have existed. Ships hulls were then made of riveted sheet steel. and the seams were inherently leaky. Moreover steel fabrication and heat treatment were still a bit immature and problems with brittleness and crack propagation were fairly common. All that changed fairly quickly in the years after WWI.