- The Guardian
- Issue #2083
Dear Comrade Editor,
21st January, 1924 is indelibly etched in my memory after having visited the Gorki Palace just a few kilometres from Moscow in the 1970s. There we saw Lenin’s study where his desk calendar remained set at that date for all visitors to see. As a result of Lenin’s failing health from the latter half of 1921, his office was moved out of the capital to Gorki. In the grounds of the mansion at Gorki was an unusual vehicle, a car with caterpillar traction at the rear designed to enable visits to Moscow in the snowy winter months.
Moscow, of course, is noted for Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the Kremlin or ‘fort,’ and Leningrad, (Petrograd, St Petersburg), scene of the momentous events resulting in the ultimate victory of the Russian Revolution – such icons as the Winter Palace, the Smolny Institute, the Aurora and even the armoured vehicle that took Lenin from Finland Station into the city. An enlightened family departed the Soviet Union virtually via the same route that Lenin had taken to return in 1917.
This year, a century after Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov’s premature death at the age of 53, not only should we pay tribute to Lenin’s application of Marxist thought to achieving a victorious revolutionary triumph, but we should also acknowledge the world changing example he set for other leaders of change for working class people, leaders such as Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel Castro Ruz.
Lenin’s vindication becomes more prominent with the growing inadequacy of capitalism and the perpetuation of war. The need for socialist solutions is just so obvious.
Port Adelaide Branch