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Bolshevist leader dead

The News - 23 January 1924

Adelaide; News Limited

Newspaper, 590 x 420 mm

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Vladimir Iliych Lenin, founder of the Russian Communist Party and head of the Soviet Union, died of a massive stroke aged 53 on 21 January 1924. His body was embalmed and put on display in a mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square where it may still be viewed.

Lenin had led the Bolsheviks to power in the October Revolution of 1917. A three-year period of civil war ensued with the Communists eventually securing power. In 1922 the Soviet State (USSR) was established with Lenin at its head.

Lenin’s death caused a bitter struggle for power and the Soviet leadership. He was eventually succeeded by Joseph Stalin.  During Stalin’s brutal 29-year rule of the USSR, more Soviets were killed than in World War II.

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