Editor’s note: This article on the childhood, youth, and earliest revolutionary activism of V.I. Lenin draws heavily from Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: A Biography, a voluminous work by several Soviet authors with P.N. Pospelov as editor, and published in 1965 by Progress Publishers. It also draws from other biographical sources as well as from the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course. We hope to follow up with subsequent articles on the subsequent historic phases of Lenin’s life and work.

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