• I was born in Ulyanovsk, Russia, in 1870.
  • The son of a Tsarist civil servant, I became a Marxist revolutionary in the 1890s, co-founding the Russian Social Democratic Party.
  • By 1903 I emerged as the leader of the Bolshevik faction and oversaw the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917.
  • I served as the head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and helped establish a one-party communist state.
  • I died in 1924. My legacy was contested by my successors and remains so to this day.

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