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The Life Of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

January 21 is the 90th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Bolshevik party and the Soviet state. Here is a look at the life of one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century.

Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk) on April 22, 1870. In this photo from 1879, he poses with his family (front row, right).
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Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk) on April 22, 1870. In this photo from 1879, he poses with his family (front row, right).

A demonstration in Moscow in the period before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
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A demonstration in Moscow in the period before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

Fanny Yefimovna Kaplan was a Russian political revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Lenin on August 30, 1918. Kaplan shot the leader twice with a pistol as he left a Moscow factory after delivering an address. Lenin survived, but his health was severely compromised.
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Fanny Yefimovna Kaplan was a Russian political revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Lenin on August 30, 1918. Kaplan shot the leader twice with a pistol as he left a Moscow factory after delivering an address. Lenin survived, but his health was severely compromised.

Lenin's funeral on Red Square
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Lenin's funeral on Red Square

Lenin's remains were placed in this mausoleum at the Kremlin wall.
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Lenin's remains were placed in this mausoleum at the Kremlin wall.

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