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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-04 08:09 PM
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8. my take
Stalin took over. Lenin as he was declining physically, apparently recommended to the Bolsheviks that Stalin be held at bay. Lenin had a certain acceptance of the war(s)to implement the revolution and seemed to understand that Stalin would use some of the most brutal aspects of that to accumulate a typically Russian personal power, which Stalin did, ruthlessly. Lenin was notoriously opposed to a personal glorification, a la the czars, and saw in Stalin a future czar, albeit a communist czar.

So, my take, long story short, is that Lenin tried to establish a communist system in a nation reared on an absolute state with a single, paternal figure (the czar was seen as a father). Stalin took that communism to create a "Stalinist" state.
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