April 16, 1917 – Lenin returns

April 16, 1917 – Lenin returns

On this day, Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to take the reins of the Russian Revolution. Although exiled to Siberia and Europe because of his revolutionary activities, Vladimir Lenin, still managed to strengthen his Bolshevik party through his oratorical and literary skills.

With Russia thrown into chaos by the fury of World War I and by Czar Nicholas II’s abdication, Lenin left Switzerland and crossed enemy German lines to arrive at Petrograd on April 16, 1917.

Seven months later, under Lenin’s leadership, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. He oversaw the creation of the USSR and ruled over the world’s first communist state until his death in 1924.