5 Famous Soviet Politicians in Color

5 Famous Soviet Politicians in Color

Thanks to the fantastic colorizers of Klimbim, Jecinci and Toucan Colours, we get the opportunity to see some of the most influential people of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in color. These Soviet Politicians shaped the way Russia would be until 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved.

1. Vladimir Lenin

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Vladimir Lenin was the first leader of the Soviet Union, in office from 1917 until his death in 1924. Lenin was a member of the Bolshevik Party prior to their rise to power and used the Marxist ideology to attempt to create a Communist state. On the 30th August 1918, Lenin was shot and whilst appearing to have fully recovered, he suffered a total of 3 strokes in the following years which ultimately ended with his death.

2. Vyacheslav Molotov

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Vyacheslav Molotov joined the Bolshevik Party in 1916 after escaping exile in Siberia. He became a leading member of the Soviet Government in the 1920s after the death of Lenin, under the mentorship of the new head, Joseph Stalin. He held multiple positions in the Soviet government such as the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union, the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as being a member of the Presidium until 1957. He was eventually dismissed after a failed attempt to oust Nikita Khrushchev from the party. He lived until 1986 when he died at the age of 96.

3. Leon Trotsky

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Leon Trotsky was a important figure in the Soviet Union before the death of Lenin as he was the leader of Red Army and the mastermind behind the October Revolution of 1917 in which the Bolshevik Party took power. He appeared to be the next in line for the leadership position but was strategically pushed aside by Stalin and eventually exiled. He continued to speak out against the regime of Stalin until his assasination at the age of 60 in Mexico by an NKVD agent under the orders of Stalin.

4. Joseph Stalin

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Joseph Stalin was the uncontested leader of the Soviet Union from 1928 until his death in 1953. His regime was ruthless with the deaths of millions of innocent people taking place under his orders. He removed his opponents through purges and place himself securely at the top of the government. He created a Cult of Personality in the Soviet Union in this time and was seen almost like a God. Lenin wrote in his Last Will and Testament that Stalin was not capable of holding a significant amount of power and even suggested his removal from the position as General Secretary.

5. Nikita Khrushchev

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Khrushchev became the General Secretary in 1953 following Stalin's death after fighting off opposition from other Soviet politicians such as Lavrentiy Beria and Georgy Malenkov. Khrushchev began the process of destalinization when he spoke at the 20th Congress of the Communist Part of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956. He criticized the regime of Stalin, especially the purges, but was careful not to share the blame with other Soviets such as himself. Nikita Khrushchev faced several opposition factions from within the Party and was eventually ousted and replaced with Leonid Brezhnev in 1964.

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