How was Lenin a dictator?
Like any true tyrant, Vladimir Lenin came to power by force. Via the violence of the Bolshevik Takeover, Lenin was able to install himself into a position of absolute power through purely undemocratic means as the sole, central leader of the entire Russian state, a position he used to impose his will and the totalitarian dogma of Communism onto the populace through mass murder, government theft and state force.
Claims that Lenin was democratically elected, that he did not use his position to inflict his will through lethal force or that he had to face re-election are historical revisionism.
Claims that Lenin was democratically elected, that he did not use his position to inflict his will through lethal force or that he had to face re-election are historical revisionism.
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What did Lenin do?
Lenin was the leader of the Bolshevik party and played a big part in overthrowing the Russian Monarchy in 1917. He also created the first communist nation the USSR. stalin took over after he died.
What did Vladimir Lenin do?
Lenin led the Bolshevik Party which was installed into power following the October Revolution. Before the Revolution he became one of Europe's most respected Marxist theoriticians and wrote many important works. After the Revolution political prisoners were freed and soon the Constituent Assembly was convened after the Mensheviks continuously put it off. Within several months the "Whites" (Tsarists) started executing revolutionaries and instigating pogroms against Jews, they were supported by the Mensheviks and Right Social Revolutionaries, (during this time the Mensheviks and Right SRs were declared to be illegal parties) Civil War ensued and over a dozen other countries invaded Russia hoping to overthrow Lenin's government. The Bolsheviks responded with the Red Terror and Leon Trotsky built the Red Army. After the Bolsheviks won the war, they proceeded to try to build Russia economically, the New Economic Policy was a part of this. Over time the state became more bureaucratic due primarily to Russia's backwardness and isolation. Lenin fought with Trotsky against this trend and against Stalin in his rise to power but died in January 1924.
What is a dictator?
It is an absolute ruler- they generally have an authoritarianstance on leadership, and will bypass all offices and systems topush through the legislation they wish to. History has shown us many dictators like Adolf Hitler, SaddamHussein, Yosif Stalin. All these dictators had no competing leaderswhich is the very defining characteristic of a dictator. A dictatorhas to be firm, fearsome and ruthless. Ironically, dictators haveoccasionally benefited the countries they have led, such as OliverCromwell who took over the English parliament not because he wantedto but because the members were both incompetent and corrupt andsomeone had to do something. By controlling all manner of countryaffairs, dictators can enact legislation significantly quicker, andcontribute to a country's self sufficiency. One of the most infamous dictators was Adolf Hitler- he usedimmoral and unlawful means to create a totalitarian state. The SAand the SS were both deployed to enforce obedience of the masses,and to suppress opposition. With the help of his propagandaminister Josef Goebbels, he controlled the media, and printedpro-Nazi ideologies.
Was Lenin Jewish?
His maternal grandfather, Aleksandr Dmitrievich Blank, was Jewish. However, Lenin did not consider himself ethnically Jewish and was a stated Atheist.
What is Marxism-Leninism?
After the death of Vladimir Lenin, Marxism-Leninism was the official ideology of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, and became the basis for other Communist state ideologies, including Maoism. Marxism-Leninism involves a synthesis of orthodox Marxist ideas, such as historical materialism, class struggle, and Marxian economics; with Leninism, the political practice of the single-party state, Vanguard party, democratic centralism, and the economic theory of Imperialism. Marxism-Leninism also rejects keys elements of classical Marxism, such as spontaneous revolution and the emergence of socialism from the natural decay of capitalism.
Was Vladimir Lenin a dictator?
Yes he was the dictator of the USSR. He founded the Bolsheviks and he was the driving force behind the Russian revolution.
How did Lenin get his power?
Vladimir Lenin formed the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Party at the Party's Congress in Brussels in 1903. It was the only Marxist party in Russia at the time. After the February 1917 revolution, he and his Bolsheviks continued to agitate against the new Provisional Government that had assumed power when the Tsar abdicated in March 1917. The Provisional Government failed to respond to the desires of the Russian people to get them out of World War I, stop the food shortages and give land back to the peasants. Lenin promised to do all these things, so when the PG became unpopular and lost the support of the people and even the military, the Bolsheviks swooped in in a coup now known as the October Revolution and took power from the PG and turned it over to the Soviets (councils of workers and peasants) in various cities. The Soviet councils consisted of Bolsheviks beholden to Lenin. After the October Revolution, many Russians were dissatisfied with Bolshevik rule and the Russian Civil War broke out. The Bolsheviks created the Red Army and the more conservative dissidents became the so-called White Russians. By 1920, Lenin's Red Army had wiped out all White Army opposition and the Civil War ended with Lenin in full control, except now he was the leader of the party in control of the country instead of the party that wanted to take control of the country. Lenin was not the typical dictator. He did not dictate terms to his followers as much as simply enthrall his supporters with his thinking, oratory and writings. Once in control, he stamped out opposition to his Marxist policies by ruthless means using the army, his secret police and other methods. This was actually in line with Marxist principles which called for a "dictatorship of the proletariat" after the revolution. The difference was that Marx's "dictatorship" was not a dictatorship at all; it was to be a democratic government but with the purpose of never allowing capitalism back. Lenin's purpose was not to allow anyone other Bolsheviks/Communists back into power. He banned all other political parties. Lenin's dictatorship was more autocratic than democratic, so he was able to retain his power.
Why was Lenin important?
Among all the leaders in the 20th century, Lenin is arguably the most significant person in the world of Russian politics. Exiled by the Russian government for his reformation and radical views, Lenin spent his time thinking and forming up his own government under heavy influence of Marx. Derived from "The C ommunist Manifesto" , Lenin created a system of government that would later impact the whole world. Lenin had created his own political party called the Bolsheviks in 1903. While Lenin was in his own world, thinking about the future Russia, the whole Europe as well as Russia were in the chaos of WWI (from 1914 to 1918). Russia, having lost almost 4 million men to the war, is on the brink of national chaos. Its people were demanding cessation of the war, land reform and an end to shortages of food and goods. The Tsar of Russia, Nicholas Romanov II is overthrown in March 1917 while Lenin was in Switzerland. Germany, taking this as an advantage, sends the exiled Lenin to Russia and encourages him to pursue his ultimate dream of a communist revolution. Why did Germans do it? Because Lenin was against the WW I, and if by any chance Lenin seized power, then Russia will no longer be Germany's eastern enemy. Lenin returns to Russia in April 1917 and immediately begins agitating against the new Russian Provisional Government. In the October Revolution, Lenin and the Bolsheviks seize control of the government from the Provisional Government and take over Russia. He now creates a communist country that is called the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic later to be named the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and immediately changes the whole Russia upside down. Many Russian people and political parties who had tolerated the Bolshevik takeover now became thoroughly disenchanted by Lenin's ruthless suppression of dissent from his dictates. This leads to the Russian Civil War. Leon Trotsky now in command of the Red Army, defeats the opposing forces known as the White Army and White Russians. Lenin's takeover is now complete. There were some good effects such as stability but ruthless killing and dictatorship was imminent. Lenin later dies in 1924 after suffering several strokes.
Who was Vladimir Lenin what did he do?
Lenin was a Russian revolutionary who was a major contributor tothe development of Marxist theory and was the leader of theBolsheviks. He was the Premier of the Russian Soviet FederativeSocialist Republic after the October Revolution in 1917 until hisdeath in January 1924.
Who succeeded Lenin?
Lenin's Successor Joseph Stalin succeeded Lenin. However, immediately after Lenin died, a troika of Stalin, Grigori Zinoviev and Lev Kamenev succeeded him until Stalin took over complete control in 1929. Stalin was also very mean and killed a lot of people the people who disagreed with him.
What is Leninism?
Leninism is a body of political theory for a democraticorganization of the revolutionary vanguard party and theachievement of a direct democracy via the dictatorship of theproletariat as the prelude to socialism. Lenin argued that arealized vanguard party would fight and lead the politicalindependence of the working class. This party would providepolitical education, leadership, and support necessary to depose ofcapitalism.
How did Lenin get his name?
Lenin adopted the name Lenin in 1901 after serving 3 years in exile in Siberia in a town on the River Lena. He took the name from the name of the river.
Who are Marx and Lenin?
Marx and Lenin are communist leaders Marx (1818 -1883) and Engels first conceived Communism and wrote the communist manifesto (1848) and capital (1867) and Lenin was the leader of the October revaluation and the storming of the winter palace ie marx created communisum - lenin tried to put his theory into practice
Why did Lenin do what he did?
He believed in the social ideological beliefs of Karl Marx. Marx thought that everyone should be equal, but that isn't possible whilst a class system existed, and so the lower classes need to overthrow the upper classes and create equality for everyone. But we can see, particularly in Russia, this didn't exactly work.
How was Lenin important?
He was the leader of the Bolshevik Party, which overthrew Csar Nicholas II and his reign of tyranny.
Who was Nikolai Lenin?
Nikolai Lenin was the younger brother of Vladymir Ilyich Ulyunov(Lenin), who died days after he was born in 1873.
Why did people follow Vladimir Lenin as a dictator?
The Russian people were unsatisfied with the Provisional Government because they stayed in WWI even though it was extremely costly. They had more freedom, but the Provisional Government still paid more attention to the higher class and land owners. Lenin gave them a new choice, one that they believed would give them a better life
How are dictators?
A person that has absolute powers over a country (and it's people); normally without their consent.. Dictators "Take" power. If the government is weak enough, and an individual knows the inner workings of the "weak" government, he can "work" his way thru the maze of politicians and key people (military leaders), and then "take" the leadership (take power); WHEN THE TIMING IS RIGHT.
Who was Vladimir Lenin and what did he do?
Vladimir Lenin was a Russian revolutionary whom was the first to set up a communist state. He created the USSR.
Why was Lenin exiled?
Vladimir Lenin was exiled because he had associated himself with radical revolutionaries. The Tsar had assassination attempts made by these people [in fact, Lenin's brother was executed after trying to kill the Tsar]. Lenin was interested in Marxist ideas, which was "illegal" by Russian terms. Therefore, he was exiled to Siberia, where he also wed his wife.
What did Lenin do in 1917?
Lenin returned to Russia in April after living in exile in Switzerland after the February Revolution toppled the Tsar. Then he planned and led the Bolshevik coup known as the October Revolution, deposed the Provisional Government and took over control of Russia.
Who financed Lenin?
Lenin and the Bolsheviks were financed in many ways. Some were by contributions from supporters, bank robberies (mainly by Stalin and called "expropriations") and the German government.
Why is there dictators?
there are dictatorship because eople think that a dictatorship isreally good or even exellent because they like to kill people andkill themselves
What was Vladimir Lenin?
Vladimir Lenin was the leader of Russia from 1917 to 1922. He was acommunist, and he turned Russia into the Soviet Union. Lenin waspredecessor to Stalin.
Who was the predecessor of Lenin?
If "predecessor of Lenin," is intended to mean predecessor as head of the Russian government, the answer would be Alexander Kerensky. Kerensky was the second person to head the Russian Provisional Government after Tsar Nicholas II abdicated. Tsar Nicholas II was NOT Lenin's predecessor.
Was Lenin gay?
Yes. He as gay, he also had feeling's for his co-worker and friend Leon Trotsky, there have also been rumors they may have had sexual relations at one point of the Bolshevik / Menshevik disagreement Lenin never admitted he was gay and there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that is was. There are only rumors and rumors are not fact.
Who is Nikolai Lenin?
Nikolai Lenin is actually Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, but sometimes he was called Nikolai. The American writer Louise Bryant knew Lenin personally and wrote a pice about him referring to him as Nikolai Lenin.
What are facts about lenin?
Lenin was not Russian,(he was part Mongol, Jew, Swede and German); lived for a large part of his life in Switzerland, was instrumental in starting the Revolution, and his real name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Also, he wore spectacles part of the time.
When was Lenin killed?
Lenin was not "killed." He died in 1924 of natural causes after suffering a series of three strokes beginning in 1922.
Why was Lenin killed?
Lenin wasn't killed, he died of natural causes. The three bullet wounds he sustained before may have had an impact on this, but they didn't kill him- he lived after them for some time.
Why was Lenin Evil?
because he was the first leader of the soviet union in russia. like many dictators, he murdered many people, and also that was a very bad form of government (brought poverty, etc.)
Where was Lenin in exile?
Lenin was exiled by the government to Shushenskoe, Siberia. He was released in 1900 and left Russia in self-imposed exile spending time in various countries including Switzerland, Belgium and England.
What did Lenin do for society?
The first thing what Lenin did when he came to power in 1917 was make peace with Germany. A few months before the war Lenin went with his illegal government to the Germans and signed the treaty in which he gave the western territories of Russia into German hands. The first thing he did was in fact treason. After the war of communism had started. It was not a war against capitalists, it was actually a war against the people themselves. Concentration camps were set up, a secret police the Cheka was organized who would perform the dirty work of one single man. All people who formed a so called threat against the Bolshevik movement were simply hanged, shot or sent to concentration camps. Russian empire, a country who had the greatest market share in grain and the most population growth in Europe was suddenly struck by famine. This famine was organized by the Bolsheviks themselves. Land, possessions were taken from the peasants. Millions of people starved from hunger. Lenin also didn't had any respect to religion. Priests were shot in public and buried in mass graves. Churches were burned and destroyed. Holy relics were taken away by the Bolsheviks under the cover of feeding the hungry people. After giving the order of murdering the Tsar, Tsarina and their children without even a trial. He could be now accused of child murderer. Lenin died in 1924, not able to continue his terror against the people. What did Lenin do? - Genocide - Murder - Treason - Politcal abuse
When was Leninism developed?
After the October Revolution of 1917 Leninism was the ideological basis of Soviet Socialism. It enetered common usage in 1922.
Was Lenin modest?
Yes, Lenin was considered to be modest. Particularly with hisclaims about Russia. His main purpose was to improve the conditionsfor the working man.
Was Lenin in England?
Lenin was in England in 1903 for the conclusion of the Third Party Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Porty.
Who did Lenin overthrow?
In a string of events known as the October Revolution Lenin overthrew the Russian Provisional Government which had been instated after the February Revolution that had marked the end of the Romanov Dynasty with Tsar Nicholas the ll's abdication and the collapse of Imperial Russia..
Was Lenin ruthless?
He sentenced The Tsar, Tsarina and their children to death.He shouted for a bloody revolution. So yes he was ruthless.
What government is Lenin in?
If you're referring to Vladimir Lenin he was a part of the Bolshevik party which was the first communist party to rule a nation. That government was in Russia and later the Soviet Union. He died in 1924.
Is Lenin a genius?
Not accademically, although he was a fine chess player. He was a revolutionary, though, which could be described as an achievement that can parallel genius.
What is a dictat?
it is spelt diktat: an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent
Who was Ivan Lenin?
Ivan Lenin is a revolutionary singer, performer, songwriter, and movement leader. He was born in the USSR and moved to the USA in 1995. He is most famous for the song "Communist Redneck Hip Hop Orchestra"
Who is the Chinese Lenin?
I think that you're after Mao ZeDong, who led communism in China. He is still fairly respected in China.
Why was Lenin arrested?
Lenin was arrested in 1897 for forming an illegal trade union. He was sentenced to a year in prison and exiled to Siberia until 1900.
Why is Lenin a threat?
Lenin isn't a threat at all! He's a messiah! Another opinion: Lenin is a traitor to the cause of communism and to his own revolution.
Who is nicolai lenin?
It is a name sometimes used for Vladimiir Ilitch Ulyanov, founder of Soviet communism, etc. Zinoviev gave a speech entitled "Nicolai Lenin: HIs Life and Work" at the Pertograd Soviet on 9/6/1918; do an Internet search and you can get a PDF of it. But near as I can tell (quick skim) he is referred to as Vladimir Ilitch of Comrade Lenin throughout. Perhaps "Nicolai" is considered a translation of "Vladimir"
What was Lenin known as?
being a Commissar of the Soviet Union. As to his accomplishment, Lenin was known as the leader of the Bolshevik Party, the organizer of the October Revolution of 1917 and the first premier of Russia and the Soviet Union. He was also a ruthless dictator who imposed his concept of a proper society on Russian people by force. As to his name, he had been known under his birth name as Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. In 1901, after 3 years in exile in Siberia in a town on the River Lena, he adopted the pseudonym "Lenin." He was also known as and wrote under the name Nikolai Lenin as well.
What did Lenin do to the USSR?
Lenin is the person who created the USSR, or Soviet Union. In December 1922 he arranged for Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia and the Transcaucasus Federation to join together to for the new country.
Who was a dictator?
List of dictators: Idi Amin Dada in Uganda Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany Francisco Franco Bahamonde in Spain Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno in Panama Pol Pot in Cambodia
Who do dictators answer to?
Nobody. Dictators rule with Absolute Power, such as Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. They answer to no one and if anyone complains about the way the Dictator is running the country, that person usually wins up in prison or is killed.