Bolshevik seizure and retention of power, under Lenin

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In considering the influence of Lenin's leadership on the Bolshevik seizure of power and their subsequent retention of power, it is better to separate the two events. Lenin was an inspirational revolutionary, contributing greatly to the Bolshevik seizure of power. However, he held less influence and importance in the dealing with the problems that made the retention of power such a difficult task, his governmental policies making him unpopular. Yet ultimately he was able to consolidate power through repressive measures and terror, though the means were questionable.

Many factors resulted in the Bolshevik seizure of power, though by far the influence of Lenin's leadership was the greatest factor. On the third of April 1917, with Lenin's return to Russia, he announced a republic for Soviet of Workers, Poor Peasants and Peasants' Deputies, and his "April Theses  “ his plans for the future. He was the one that demanded that there would no longer be cooperation with the provisional government and was so insistent on the ending of the war.

Through sheer force of personality alone, Lenin was able to push forward the revolution. He was not elected to be the Chairman of Congress, but it w

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