The Victims of Communism Foundation's Blog

One hundred years ago this week, a sealed train bearing the “bacilli of Bolshevism” (Lenin’s own phrase) crossed war-torn Germany, destined for the North Sea. Inside was the leadership of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP), a fringe group of radicals dedicated to the destruction of the Russian democracy which had been born only a month before. The fall of the tsar had not yet brought about Russia’s exit from World War I, and the determination of the Provisional Government, then headed by former Duma member Georgy Lvov, to stay …

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