‘Under the banner of the party, proletarians and soldiers! Under our banner, oppressed villages!’Read more "‘Prepare for new battles’: Sixth Congress of Bolshevik Party held in Petrograd"
In such a situation the party dared not stand aside. To wash one’s hands in the water of strategical morals would have meant simply to betray the workers and soldiers to their enemies. The party of the masses was compelled to stand on the same ground on which the masses stood, in order, while not in the least sharing their illusions, to help them make the necessary inferences with the least possible loss.Read more "‘Petrograd workers and soldiers had to test the situation with their own experience’"
It is not enough to seize the power – you have to hold it.Read more "Could the Bolsheviks have seized power in July?"
The cycle of development of the class and party struggle in Russia from February 27 to July 4 is complete. Anew cycle is beginning, one that involves not the old classes, not the old parties, not the old Soviets, but classes, parties and Soviets rejuvenated in the fire of struggle, tempered, schooled and refashioned by the process of the struggle.Read more "Lenin: On slogans after the July days"
Your crocodile tears over the last Romanovs fill us with disgust. Behind them lies the hypocrisy of the parasitic class, the class of thieves and murderers.Read more "We do not ask for forgiveness from Nicholas the Bloody!"
The whole lower staff of Smolny – porters, messengers, watchmen – were unmistakably with the Bolsheviks. Then I felt that our cause was half won.Read more "‘Deep reconnaissance of July transformed into a one-sided battle’"
This important episode in the Russian Revolution is significant for the way it illustrates the uneven, spontaneous and even chaotic development that a revolutionary process can take. The best workers’ party then in existence, one in close contact with the class it represented, was unable to control the ebb and flow of the battle.Read more "Lessons of July Days: A revolutionary party needs tactical flexibility"