FC: Communism in Russia: Stalin and Lenin
1: Dear Paul, The Constituent Assembly was not so great but I was not expecting much. Every where you looked, you would find a member of the Red Guard, infiltrating the Tauride Palace. Throughout the assembly, Lenin, of course, acted like an insolent child. Apparently, he had a lot better things to do. At one point, he even fell asleep. Lenin refused to give power to the Socialist Revolutionists and the Red Guard carried out destruction. Many pro-Assembly demonstrators were severely injured. I was hoping it would have gone better, but one can only hope so much. Sincerely, Ivan
3: To Vladimir Ilyich Lenin The well-being in my local village has greatly deteriorated in result of the War Communism. There is no surplus produce and the villagers are suffering from famine and disease. My fellow villagers and I desire your honor: 1. To allow villagers to keep a portion of their surplus crops 2. To decrease the frequency of CHEKA and Red Army visits for produce
5: January 21, 1924 Vladimir Lenin was a closed, reserved man. However, noticeable traits include his determination, high self confidence, and extreme focus. Lenin was a furious man, galled by all traditional authority. He accomplished much in life such as: leading a successful revolution, establishing the world's first Marxist nation and organizing the large-scale discontent that existed in Russia in 1917. Lenin successfully toppled the bourgeoisie government that had recently replaced the Romanov Dynasty. In result, he became one of the founding fathers of the Soviet Union.
6: Trotsky -strong personality and intelligent -popular in the army -played a leading part in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War -Lenin’s preferred successor | Stalin -held the key post in the Party as General Secretary -Ideas for the future popular with the Party -uses clever tactics
7: Interviewer: So what was the farming like in your village prior to collectivism? Peasant: We farmed individually on a large piece of land thanks to NEP and the kulaks were able to make a profit from surplus. Interviewer: What were some things that changed? Peasant: We had to give up our land and animals and start one large farm where the government provided our machinery. We only gained a small wage. Interviewer: What were the villagers’ reactions to collectivism? Peasant: Everyone started killing their livestock Interviewer: What happened to the wealthier peasants? Peasant: Many of them were exiled or shipped off to labor camps. The OGPU stripped them of all their goods and wealth and sent them away. The kulak class was destroyed.
8: Welcome listeners in the Moscow area. We are currently following the trials of the ‘old’ Bolsheviks. After a long and tumultuous trial, Zinoviev will step up to the stand. He is now on the stand and looks haggard and tired. He is now speaking. Oh my goodness, I cannot believe it. Zinoviev has just confessed that he did, in fact, plot against Stalin. He will join other Left Opposition leaders and Kamenev as those plotting against Stalin. Stalin’s suspicions were justified; there was in fact a conspiracy in our government. That is all for now. Stay tuned for any more updates.