Vladimir Lenin


1870 – 1924


Who was Vladimir Lenin?

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as the leader of the Russian SFSR from 1917, and then concurrently as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1922, until his death. Politically a Marxist, his theoretical contributions to Marxist thought are known as Leninism, which coupled with Marxian economic theory have collectively come to be known as Marxism–Leninism.

Born to a wealthy middle-class family in Simbirsk, Lenin gained an interest in revolutionary leftist politics following the execution of his brother in 1887. Briefly attending the Kazan State University, he was ejected for his involvement in anti-Tsarist protests, devoting the following years to gaining a law degree and to radical politics, becoming a Marxist. In 1893 he moved to St. Petersburg, becoming a senior figure within the League of Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class. Arrested for sedition and exiled to Siberia for three years, he married Nadezhda Krupskaya, and fled to Western Europe, living in Germany, England and Switzerland. Following the February Revolution of 1917, in which the Tsar was overthrown and a provisional government took power, he returned home.

Famous Quotes:

  • No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
  • Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
  • Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat.
  • Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
  • Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
  • You all know that even when women have full rights, they still remain fatally downtrodden because all housework is left to them. In most cases housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not include anything that would in any way promote the development of the woman.
  • Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
  • If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.
  • They [capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide.
  • It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.

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Apr 22, 1870
Also known as
  • Lenin
  • V. I. Lenin
  • Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
  • Владимир Ильич Ленин
  • Владимир Ильич Ульянов
  • Vladimir I. Lenin
  • Vladimir Ilich Uliánov
  • Vladimir "Volodya" Ilyich
  • Atheism
  • Kalmyk people
  • Mordvins
  • Tatars
  • Chuvash people
  • Soviet Union
  • Russian Empire
  • Kazan Federal University
    (1887/08 - 1888)
  • Law degree, Saint Petersburg State University
    (1890 - 1891)
Lived in
  • Podolsk
    (1900 - 1900)
Jan 21, 1924
Gorki Leninskiye

on July 23, 2013


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