The consolidation of the communist dictatorship


The establishment of one-party control:

The Bolsheviks came to power with Lenin's slogan of 'peace, bread, land' which appealed to the working classes and the masses of Russia. They convinced the nation that revolution was necessary. However 'democracy' as we know it in the western world was very much an alien concept to Lenin. 

Lenin was convinced that the establishment of a 'dictatorship of the proletariat' (the first step to true socialism according to Marx) would require the complete supression of any counter-revolutionary ideas. Using Marxist ideology, he argued that 'revolutionary morality' justified strong action'. He believed that he and the Bolsheviks were working in the interests of the working class and that was all the authority he needed.

The removal of the Constituent Assembly:


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