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Editor’s note: This article reviews the life and work of V.I. Lenin as a young revolutionary in St. Petersburg in the 1893-95 period. It serves as Part 2 of a series on the life and work of the great communist thinker, the veritable founder of the Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) and the Soviet state. It draws heavily from Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: A Biography, a voluminous work by several Soviet authors with P.N. Pospelov as editor. It also draws from other biographical sources as well, including Mary Hamilton-Dann’s Vladimir and Nadya: The Lenin Story and the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course. Part 1, “The Young Lenin”, is also available on this site. We are preparing more articles on the subsequent historic phases of Lenin’s life and work, in continuing commemoration of his 150th birth anniversary this year.

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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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Pospelov, P.N., ed. 1965. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: A Biography. Moscow: Progress Publishers. 591pp.

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The editors of PRISM are posting this paper by Prof. Jose Ma. Sison about V.I. Lenin’s 150th birth anniversary, one week before the actual birthday of the great Marxist revolutionary thinker, leader and author. We offer it to all our readers as part of our contribution to the expected worldwide commemoration of his birth, life and work and historic legacy. Many socialist and anti-imperialist parties and groups are likewise marking that date with their own activities, which might be reduced in terms of physical scale because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but certainly maintaining high levels of militance and confidence about the forward movement of the struggles of the proletariat and peoples throughout the world.

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