How did Lenin control the people?

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  • To what extent did Lenin control the people?
    • Mass Media
      • Bolsheviks passed a law stating they could only publish adverts. Meant they took control of newspaper revenues and therefore the actual content of the newspaper.
      • 1917, the nationalized Petrograd Telegraph agency, giving them control of electric communications.
      • 1918, Lenin banned all non socialist newspapers. By 1921, 2,000 newspapers and 575 printing presses had been shut down.
    • Culture
      • After the civil war, press censorship became more systematic. An organisation name Glavlit was employed professional censors, complied a list of banned books and purged libraries.
    • Religion
      • When Lenin came to power, Russia was deeply religious.


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