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Did Vladimir Lenin have a cat?

It appears that Lenin did indeed own several cats over the years. According to Louis Fischer's The Life of Lenin (the source cited by the Wikipedia article): He had had a brown cat in Geneva. ...
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Why didn't Lenin improve life in Russian villiages before his death?

Lenin, and all the Bolsheviks, believed that the USSR needed to industrialise very rapidly, so that it could defend itself effectively against foreign attacks. The Russian Empire had performed poorly ...
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Did Lenin order the execution of the Romanovs?

tl;dr Nobody knows. If you haven't found anything conclusive, you are not alone: there's no agreement among the historians, either. Some say Lenin was not at all responsible, that the execution was ...
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When Lenin met Mussolini, what was Mussolini's impression of Lenin?

It is disputed whether Mussolini met Lenin during his time in Switzerland. According to Joshua Muravchik in Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Mussolini left Italy for Switzerland, ...
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Did Lenin approve of Mussolini’s march on Rome?

I checked Lenin's "Collected Works," Volume 33, 1921-1923. There is nothing even close to such a telegram. (For comparison, the volume contains such "masterpieces" as a letter to a ...
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What evidence is there that Lenin died because he was poisoned?

It's hard in history to prove that something did not happen, which is along the lines of the "impossible to prove a negative" concept. However, I think most historians do not believe Lenin was ...
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Why did Stalin exile Trotsky instead of killing or imprisoning him?

According to Trotsky (excrept from Коминтерн и ГПУ, published in Бюллетень оппозиции (большевиков-ленинцев) № 85, translation mine): In 1928 […] not only the shooting squad, but even arrest would ...
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How did the Bolsheviks gain power outside Petrograd & Moscow following the 1917 October Revolution?

In the answer, I limit myself to two months, November-December of 1917. What you have to realize is that the Bolshevik Revolution replaced one government of dubious legitimacy with another one. To ...
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What was the ethnic makeup of Lenin's bodyguards during the assassination attempt?

The theory about Chinese bodyguards of Lenin appears to be bogus. As far as I know, it first surfaced in the 1950s during the period of "great friendship" between the Soviet and Chinese people (only ...
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Did Vladimir Lenin have a cat?

Victor Sebestyen's book 'Lenin the Dictator' says that after the Bolsheviks had seized power and Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya were living in a flat in the Kremlin, Lenin, despite his many ...
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Was there a precursor to the Bolshevik Party?

It is very probable that your great grandfather was a member of Bund. Bund was a Jewish socialist party. They split from the rest of social democrats in 1903. After the revolution (November 1917) they ...
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Did Lenin precisely say "Trust is good, control is better"?

"No!" Even Wikipedia now knows that Lenin didn't say that sentence at all, or at least not in the way it was handed down. Ute Frevert: "Vertrauen und Macht. Deutschland und Russland in ...
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Why was Lenin's brother executed, when he himself was only banished?

First of all, Alexander Ulyanov was a member of a terrorist organization (the terrorist faction of "People’s Will"), planning an assassination of Russian tzar, Alexander III, on the 6th year ...
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Who said "against the soul, lies; against the body, violence" and where?

Mikhail Bakunin is the source of the quotation "For the soul, lies. For the body, violence" A 1962 source on Russian historiography, Rewriting Russian history; Soviet interpretations of ...
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Did Russia and Lenin benefit from the Treaty of Versailles?

They benefited indirectly. First, according to the treaty Germany had to evacuate their troops in Ukraine, (and everywhere else on the territory of the former Russian empire) which made it possible ...
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Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?

'On s'engage partout, et puis l'on voit' appears in Literarisches Wochenblatt, Volume 3 - but not attrbuted to Napoleon, though he is twice mentioned in the short article. So we are now back to 1819, ...
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Connection between U.S. entry into WW1 and Germans sending Lenin back to Russia

The timing was much more connected to the Russian February Revolution than to the US Declaration of War. It takes time for such operations to be planned, organized, and carried out; it is unthinkable ...
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Did Lenin order the execution of the Romanovs?

From Robert Messie "Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty." (If you do not know, Ilyich in this context means Lenin.) The link between the party ...
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Who said "against the soul, lies; against the body, violence" and where?

Not really an answer but a collection of materials, so marked as community wiki: The earliest source known to Google seems to be an excerpt from the Argentinian Spanish-language magazine "...
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What were Lenin's and Trotsky's roles in the October revolution of 1917?

Short Answer Lenin and Trotsky were entirely involved in the events of October 1917, particularly if those events were classified as a coup and not a revolution. Trotsky was a leading "organizer ...
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How did Lenin secure his regime?

This is a good and easy question. Lenin won because he was a ruthless opportunist without a shred of consciousness. Ruthless Lenin did not hesitate to order mass executions and incarceration (in ...
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Was there a precursor to the Bolshevik Party?

You should first read the Wikipedia account of the Revolution of 1905 for the general background of your ancestor's story, and try to see the movie Battleship Potemkin for a dramatic presentation of ...
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Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?

It seems very plausible to attach his quip to Lenin, as the Red October and its aftermath was practically exactly that: take action and see what comes out of it. It seems very strange to attribute ...
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When was Joseph Alsop article 'Another Hitler-Time?' published in the Washington Post?

The essay is in the Washington Post archives, here is the citation from the "Cite" link on that page: Alsop, Joseph. "Another Hitler-Time?: Mr. Alsop Writes a Syndicated Monthly Column.&...
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How (not why) did the Bolshevik party seize such complete control of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets?

In October 1917 two soviet meetings were held: Soldiers' and Workers'soviets and Farmers'soviets. In the former Bolsheviks had 338/739 seats. These soviets represented only about 20% of population. 80%...
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How (not why) did the Bolshevik party seize such complete control of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets?

First I will highlight a crucial paragraph from the Wikipedia article you cite: In 1917 Vladimir Lenin in his April theses came up with famous slogan "All power to the Soviets!".[5] Following the ...
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Did Lenin precisely say "Trust is good, control is better"?

According to the German wikipedia page on the topic, the specific phrase doesn't appear in Lenin's work but it also notes that Lenin was a fan of a similar Russian proverb that goes trust, but verify.
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Is "Lenin’s Testament" authentic?

Even if you do not read Russian, I suggest you use google translate (or a similar program) to read the Russian Wikipedia page regarding the document; there you will also find a part of the handwritten ...
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Did Bolsheviks try to foster socialist revolution in Europe?

The Bolsheviks did not "foster" any revolutions in Europe, and were not in a position to contribute meaningfully to ones that did occur anyway in the post-war wave of Socialist revolutions ...
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How did the Bolsheviks gain power outside Petrograd & Moscow following the 1917 October Revolution?

The Bolsheviks didn't have much power following their coup. The country however was in chaos, and even the preceeding "bourgois" government hardly could control much (Kornilov mutiny is a ...
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