All revolutions are bloody. The October Revolution was bloodless, but it was only the beginning

— Dmitri Volkogonov

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Dogmatism grew from the soil of simplistic and frequently wrong concepts.

Dogmatism is like a ship that has run aground: the waves run, the ship stays put, but the impression of movement persists

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The man who occupies the first place in an undemocratic state can give himself any award that takes his fancy, but it does not increase his authority - rather, the contrary. This was something Brezhnev and Chernenko did not understand. In all, Stalin had about as many decorations as, say, Mekhlis, and four or five times fewer than Brezhnev

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We rarely know who our ancestors were.

Who can even remember the names of their great-grandparents? They have vanished into the dim and distant past

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It is surely indisputable that no single leader in the twentieth century exerted as great an influence on the course of world history as Lenin.

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