During the February Revolution, criminals who had broken free attacked the prisons. They used the turmoil caused by the revolution to release their ‘brothers in crime’ and destroy archives, erasing their criminal records so the new authorities would have no database to rely on.
The events of 1917 engulfed the capital and spread further to other cities and towns of Russia. Many estates, abandoned by their previous owners, were taken over by locals. Peasants and farmers erect revolutionary slogans painted in red, musicians rehearse the L'Internationale and poems about “the new freedom” resound.
In October 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power under the banner of socialism and set out to build the world’s most equitable society. Today, capitalism prevails everywhere and crushing inequality and poverty is rampant around the globe. So, was the October Revolution really as significant as it seemed 100 years ago? We spoke to unrepentant Leninists from different backgrounds and parts of the world to find out.
Spring 1917. Vladimir Lenin returns from Europe. He calls for an immediate end to war. However, his views spark protests by veterans, still bitter from battle. Society is divided by different ideas and different slogans – but the biggest changes are yet to come.