The legacy of the Russian revolution can still be felt today


HE LIES under bulletproof glass, lit up with red rays. He has hardly changed since a Pravda essayist, seeing him dead in 1924, wrote: “His face is calm, and he is almost—almost—smiling that inimitable, indescribable, sly childlike smile of his…His upper lip with its moustache is mischievously lifted and seems very much alive.”

The constructivist mausoleum (modelled on the ziggurat the Babylonians believed connected heaven and earth) still dominates Red Square. Tourists queue to see the man who, 100 years ago, prophesied the end of an old world and a kingdom of freedom, while plunging his country into a whirlwind of self-destruction. The consequences echo to this day. 

As The Economist wrote on January 26th 1924 on the death of Lenin: “No apostle, no missionary, no founder of a religious order, has ever been…more thoroughly devoted to the service of a cause and realisation of a creed…No…Continue reading

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