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Vladimir Lenin
Soviet Union (USSR)

What personal pastimes did Lenin ignore because they took away from the difficult task of running the Soviet government?


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June 10, 2015 10:48PM

Lenin had a lot of hobbies that he still could find time for when living in exile in Switzerland: reading, swimming, hiking and cycling, listening to classical music (he loved Beethoven) , skating, and chess. In the few busy years before he was hit by the first of three strokes he had no more times for most of these.

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June 10, 2015 7:07PM

After Vladamir Lenin's death, his wife wrote a book about her husband. She noted that Lenin had to ignore or stop some of his personal pastimes. To paraphrase her words, she said he gave up chess because it gets hold of you too much and hinders work. He quit skating because it was too tiring and made him sleep too much, and he dropped studying Latin because it also was too absorbing and hindered his work.