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Lenin’s cushy exile in Siberia 1897-1900

He… received a steady stream of books on extended loan from libraries in St Petersburg and Moscow, via the good offices of his sisters, to supply his voracious appetite for reading. Despite his frustrations with the speed of the postal … Continue reading

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A pen portrait of Lenin

As an orator, Lenin did not carry the crowd with him; he did not set a crowd on fire, or whip it up into a frenzy. He was not like Kerensky*, who could make a crowd fall in love with … Continue reading

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Lenin* on Promiscuity

Thirsty people don’t drink out of gutters. *The first leader of the Soviet Union, 1917- 24

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