Ironically, prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Tsarist Russian state managed to reduce the threat of Marxist revolutionaries. In 1907 there were 150,000 supporters of organised Russian Marxism. How many were there in 1910?

Answer: 10,000. This did not stop Marxist revolutionaries from seizing power seven years later.

Source: The Russian Revolution 1900-1927 by Robert Service

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