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April 22: A Tribute to L

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Malice was absolutely unknown to him.    There was no   way   for him to deliberately target someone to make him/her miserable.   When a very authoritive Marxist Georgiy Plekhanov called   Leninism a   "dementia'   and after the Revolution- refused to support it. Lenin   instructed   to let Plekhanov go abroad.   The same    was granted to other prominent Marxists who decided not to support a cause.

One of the most tragic accusations against Lenin is the murder of   Tzar Nicholas and his family in 1918.   It was a really barbaric act and   as   the Communist government   was   a centralized one it   was hardly done without his knowledge. That's fortified by the simple fact that   practically   ALL other tough decisions like for instance self-drowning of the   Russian Black Sea Navy were performed   according   to Lenin's direct orders. So I say, yes, he knew. I say yes, he authorized that murder. I say, there is no reasonable explanation for that act except for maybe one- he   just   let it go. No, that does not take the guilt away. It just tells us that     the Revolution is a beast of many heads, the wave of hate is so high that   sometimes   even if you seem to have the power, you do not.   Shadows of the Girondians from 1793    hovered over the heads of the Russian Communists in Kremlin and they remembered that those who were against the    execution of the King perished next.   Lenin did not consider Tzar Nicholas a special person and    neither he considered that   the children of the workers of Moscow who were dying in droves in 1918 deserved less attention than the   Royal Family. He just let it go.   I think at that moment he understood the magnificence of the forces he awakened and that not all of those forces were good ones. But it was too late.   The burden was on him but he took it the way he always did. As soon as he woke up after the operation     following the assassination attempt he ordered to "stop the terror'.   Yes, his cronies   were   not him and they    did not possess those   outstanding qualities. But even they recognized his power of authority and personality without question. Lenin's word was the law of the organization down   to the   end and even Trotsky who   considered himself a genius always exercised the highest respect towards Lenin. In fact   even enemies   respected him and   it is well --known that German   government considered him   "the most outstanding politician alive'.


Lenin was a very courageous person.   One of the most hated people in the world, he staunchly refused a security detail   and   frequently went out alone or with the driver only. On the fateful day of the assassination attempt the young woman-terrorist   easily got close to him; he was giving a speech at the factory and was surrounded by workers.   During the matinee   of the left social-revolutionaries   in July 1918 in Moscow when their artillery targeted the Kremlin, Lenin refused to evacuate and remained at his post until the reinforcements   came in.  


Lenin was a man of honor and integrity.    When Stalin insulted his wife, Lenin, already very ill immediately wrote him a scathing letter demanding immediate apology and threatening total severing of all communications. Stalin immediately apologized. Lenin wrote in his "Letter to the   Convention'   the historical and accurate characteristics of all the prominent people who surrounded him, warning the Convention of the Soviets about many a negative qualities of those and proposing a careful strategy to avoid the   crawling to possible dictatorship. Among other things he warned about "Stalin's compulsive rudeness' which he considered a vice that should be accounted for. When after     Lenin's death that characteristic of Stalin was openly read on one of the closed discussions, Stalin, then already a powerful Secretary-General, offered his resignation. If only it had been accepted..


A fierce internationalist, Lenin did not tolerate even a slightest bias or bigotry.   His government invoked total women's equal rights and promoted     the defense of the rights of mother and child.   Anti-Semitism was considered a felony.   Lenin watched like a hawk   that no nationalistic tendencies should creep into a lawmaking and it was due to him the charter of the Soviet Union in 1922   considered all   its republics as equals and having a right   to go independent. They surely used that   legacy   in 1991.


In his private life Lenin was very humble and even pious. That     dedicated atheist    resembled a real Russian Orthodox in his habits; he rarely drank, preferred tea, ate very simply, loved classical music, Pushkin poems and   was a voracious reader. He     hunted   ducks when he was young, not much   when he    became active as a politician, played chess, knew and respected great painters and especially loved technical people- engineers an scientist with whom he planned   the New Russia- filled with electricity and   beaming with   educated people. Lenin was very interested in public education and it is due to him that Russian population became   95% literate in about   10 years after the Revolution.


His family life is rather unremarkable. His wife Nadejda   had thyroid problems. They did not have children. He was a loving   sibling- all other members of the family loved him dearly. The dirty rumors about   him     having relationships with other women including some Swedish prostitute from whom he allegedly contracted syphilis, are what they are - dirty rumors.   There is no mentioning of syphilis in the autopsy reports.   Our so-called   biographers are   smearing Lenin   just by considering themselves; they never would be able to accomplish even a token of what he did; so they   pour dirt on him whenever possible.


A son of his time and of  his nation   Lenin was a typical Russian- stubborn, tough, suspicious down to paranoia   sometimes, confrontational and a fanatic of his idea. He   despised   deals and compromises,   considered capitalism an evil force only and   was also a dreamer- he really believed that people could change as soon as the environment around them   encourages that.   He   really could not   understand that the felonious behavior, for instance, would not   go away with the exploitative world but will adapt, change and emerge back in the form of much more dangerous state terror of the felons in power   like Stalin and his cronies. Like a bacteria it mutates and develops new more resistive types that    not only survive but prosper. He never understood that. He was a Russian idealist.

I guess   in his   last years he started to see that darkness creeping around and it is reflected in his late writings as well as on his photos of that time -- the photos of the deeply   concerned man. But in the traditions of   all   Russian   idealists before him he preferred   denial; who can throw the stone at   him, really?   He   burned   in   his life like a bright torch and he wanted to die   in fire, not to rot in discontent. The fire of the     Great Revolution engulfed him   and if there is a Valhalla- he is there, the last Russian Viking, the small, baldish man with a goatee. No matter how we judge him- who of us in all honesty would not want to have such an exciting life? That's the most powerful judgment of history- the   fairest   of all- the evaluation of the honest effort. Lenin was an honest man and he died trying.   End of the story.

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