Establishment of one party control

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  • Establishment of one party control
    • The Bolsheviks came to power with the claim that they were acting in the interests of the proletariat- the ordinary working people of Russia.
      • They did indeed encourage people to think it was a popular uprising. However democracy was an an alien concept to Lenin.
        • For Lenin and his colleagues, the idea of trying to compete for the votes of ordinary citizens, allowing different views to exist and for policy to emerge through discussion and argument belonged to an old, class ridden world.
        • Lenin was convinced that the establishment of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" would require the active repression of "counter-revolutionary" elements.
          • Lenin believed that Bolsheviks were acting in the interests of the working class and this was all authority he needed.

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