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Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)

Born in 1870 to a minor aristocratic family of Jewish ancestry.
In 1887 his brother was executed for his part in an attempted assassination of Alexander III,
thus intensifying Lenin's revolutionary attitude.
Since the age of 17, Lenin had been on the tsarist authorities' list of…

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The Bolsheviks thought that:
Bourgeois and proletarian stages could be telescoped into one revolution.
The party should be a tightknit, exclusive organisation of professional revolutionaries.
Authority should be exercised by the Central Committee of the party ­ this is described as
`democratic centralism'.
In December 1905 he returned to Russia…


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