Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was born on April 22, 1870, in the city of Simbirsk.From an early age, his mother and father instilled in him the desire to better the lives of people around him.Although many people today question his methods, he did work toward achieving this goal his whole life.In 1887, Lenin's brother was convicted of an attempted assassination on the Tsar and was hanged for his crime.Many people believe this is what sparked Lenin's interest in revolutionary activity.It was at this time that he became interested in the writings of Marx and Chernoshevsky.Upon entering the University of Kazan in 1877, he came in contact with several revolutionary groups.Before hisfirst year of college was behind him he was already expelled and placed under constant police surveillance for his involvement in a demonstration.Following a short exile in 1888, Lenin moved back to Kazan and contacted Maxist groups for hisfirst time.It would be at the young age of 20, in the year 1890,that Lenin translated the Manifesto of theCommunist Party into Russian.
After a brief career in law, Lenin began studying the problems with the revolutionary change in Russia.He devoloped a theory known as "Lennism," which was to cultivate radical awareness through agitation of both the peasants and workers by one organized revolutionary party.In 1894, Lenin published hisfirst work titled, "What the'Friends of the Country Are' and How They Fight the Social-Democrats."Hisfirst exile came in 1895 after he formed the "League of Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class," also known as "League of Struggle." He was arrested and exiled to Siberia for three years.
In 1900 his exile came to an end and thefirst part of Lenin's plan was enacted.His revolutionary newspaper "Iskra" (Spark) was published in Munich.It was designed to stir up radical c…


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