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"It is not only thanks to the acquired power that Lenin would have assumed a decisive influence on the events, but also the regime he created in October 1917 somehow institutionalized the characteristics of his personality. The Bolshevik party was the product of Lenin: as its founder, he built it in his own image and likeness [..] This party, after taking power in October 1917, quickly removed all possible competitors and became the sole center of political power. For the seventy-four years...
Lev Trotsky or Lev Trockij, aka Lev Davidovič Bronštejn, was born in southern Ukraine, in the village of Janovka, son of David Leontovič Bronštejn and Anna Žovovskaja, a large family of Jewish origin. His father profitably benefited from a landownership, by which he reached a good standard of living. Still a child, Lev was sent to Odessa, where was hosted by a nephew of his mother, Moisej Spencer, a progressive intellectual. In this city attends the Technical Institute of St. Paul where he...
"What was going on in my head when the war broke out in 1915? We were complete innocents, we did not know why we were going to that war, we knew nothing at all. We only talked about it among ourselves, all of us people without any schooling, that did not read the newspapers (...) at school I had learned the alphabet and how to grow radishes and parsley, I still have the book that six of us children, brothers and sisters, studied."
Pietro Balsamo (Margarita - Cuneo, born in 1894,...
After the February Revolution in Petrograd, the political exiles came back. The April 13, 1917 (16 according to the Gregorian calendar, used in Russia since 1918) arrived Vladimir Lenin. He brought with him the "April Theses", which represented a vote of no confidence to the provisional government.
The day after his return (April 17), Lenin showed the thesis during the Pan-Russian Congress of Soviets, in front of nearly 800 members of the Russian Social Democratic Workers' Party. The speech was...
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