One of the greatest political leaders of the Russian revolution was born on April 22nd, 1870, in the town of Simbirisk in Russia. His name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin. He was the third child in a family of six. His father was a school inspector and his mother was a very well known social worker.
As a boy Vladimir was a fairly rambunctious individual. He broke things and teased the younger kids.However, he got extremely good grades and did very well in school. When Lenin was fifteen years old, his father died.
Two years later his older brother Alexander, often called Sasha, was caught with a group of revolutionists on a mission to assassinate Czar Alexander the III. At his trial Alexander said he wanted to gain "political freedom" for the Russian people. As a result of this incident he was hung.
Alexander's death made a deep impression on Lenin, and he decided to continue his brother's work. Lenin saw himself as being on a mission to help the poor and to make Russia into "social-communist government." He wanted to get rid of the different economic classes of people. At the time, most people lived on small farms and were very poor. When the crop was bad, they did not have enough to eat. Only a few people were wealthy and lived very well. They were called the aristocracy. Lenin's family was not poor but he felt that the system was not fair, and that all people should be equal.
Lenin started his education at the University of Kazan, where he studied law. Three months later he was expelled from school for attending a student meeting protesting the lack of freedom in the school. He reapplied many times to the school but was not readmitted. However at St. Petersburg University he was allowed to study by himself and take the tests. He received law degree in 1891.
While studying for his law degree Lenin also studied Marxism. He began to spread Marxist ideas of a class…


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