(RFE/RL) When Vladimir Lenin stepped off a train at St. Petersburg’s Finland Station in April 1917, he set in motion events that would transform Russia and ultimately divide the world into opposing camps. Winston Churchill would later compare the first Soviet leader to a “plague bacillus” — a parasite that enters an organism at the very moment it can do most harm.
“The signs in Russia are there. The discontent is there, the deprivation is there, and the sense that this government has nothing to offer is very much there,” Sam Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London, told RFE/RL. “But the problem with revolutions is we never know they’re about to happen till they actually do.” […]
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