The Russian Revolution of 1917 was one of the bloodiest revolutions ever. Lenin was the head of government of Soviet Russia and of the Soviet Union. Lenin order as head of the Central Executive Committee was the Red Terror. The Russian Revolution of 1917 involved the collapse of an empire which gave Lenin strength and power. This was the beginning of a new era in Russia which had a big effect on other countries.
Bolsheviks was a member of a wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party led by Vladimir Lenin. He took control of the government in Russia and became the dominant power. He seeked more power, “Bolshevik had gained control of Russia’s two largest cities, but his power remained weak throughout the collapsing Russian Empire” (Gregory 168). Japanese forces moved into eastern Siberia to back local warlords fighting against the Red Army. One of the fighting forces in Russia was the thirty thousand-strong Czech Legion that had made its way along the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Vladivostok. In Chelyabinsk, the Czech Legion gained virtual control of the Trans-Siberian. Lenin challenged others to achieve more power, “Lenin declared that the ultimate goal of this movement was the conquest of political power in Russia. The main goal is to seize power, everything else would follow”(Mezheuv 231).
Lenin believed socialist revolution possible, because of the development of Russian capitalism. The Bolsheviks needed to organize the new class of industrial workers, because they needed party leadership to accomplish the goal of the revolution. Bolshevik had started to take control and was on his way to achieving more power, “They battled to gain control of the Petrograd Soviet and succeeded” (Gregory 168). Revolution can be accomplished only by those who are prepared to take power by forces. Bolshevik’s power came from skill, “The arrival of the Bolsheviks to power cannot be considered a mere coincidence” (Mezheuv 229).
After Lenin died of a stroke, Stalin used his control of the Central Committee to Trotsky, Bukharin. This led Stalin to having great power,” It was in 1929 that Stalin gained the power to announce his “Great Break” of forced industrialization, class war against the upper peasantry, and Collectivization'(Gregory 171). If Lenin had suffered his strokes during the Civil War, the Bolshevik power would have been broken. The only good outcome of the Russian Revolution, ” The only alternative to the destructive forces of revolution are fair and free elections that give everyone an equal chance to come to power”(Mezheuv 238).
The Russian Revolution gave many rulers to seek power. This was the beginning of a new era in Russia that would have a big effect on countries around the world. Power was the ultimate goal, your power was your success. Many rulers only focused on power when they should have cared for their people. They have been suffering, because the of the measures rulers would take to seek power. Power was not always the solution, many like the Soviet Union powers had died out after the Russian Revolution.