Question by Historybunny: How successful were Lenin’s policies in achieving his aims– and what WERE his aims?
Writing a practice essay- can somebody outline what lenin’s aims were? I need seven or eight, but only a few will do fine.
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Answer by darkprojectsinc
Vladimir Lenin’s aims were for the most part achieved. He wanted to turn Russia into a socialist paradise and become the head of the state. He did achieve total power and control as he desired and turn Russia into a marxist nation. This major goal and aim he did achieve quite successfully.
As head of the soviet state Lenin instituted a secret police and began the Red Terror. His goal was to remove all enemies of the state. According to the Black Book of Communism, in May 1919 there were 16,000 people in labour camps based on the old Tsarist katorga labour camps, and in September 1921 there were more than 70,000. Lenin’s Hanging Order documents that Lenin himself ordered terror on August 11, 1918. The goal of removing all enemies of the state did not be fully realized under any following dictator.
Lenin achived MOST of his goals. His final wishes… in all irony is as follows:
Lenin’s Testament, which was partially inspired by the 1922 Georgian Affair and among other things criticized top-ranking communists, including Joseph Stalin, Grigory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Nikolai Bukharin and Leon Trotsky. Of Stalin, who had been the Communist Party’s general secretary since April 1922, Lenin said that he had “unlimited authority concentrated in his hands”. He suggested that “comrades think about a way of removing Stalin from that post” because his rudeness would become “intolerable in a Secretary-General”. Upon Lenin’s death, his wife mailed his Testament to the central committee, to be read at the 13th Party Congress in May 1924. However, the committee and especially the ruling “triumvirate” – Stalin, Kamenev and Zinoviev – had a vested interest in not releasing the will to the wider public.
As we all know Stallin did retain power … against Lenin’s will.
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