Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Russian: Влади́мир Ильи́ч Ле́нин; 22 April 1870 - 21 January 1924), born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Russian: Владимир Ильич Ульянов) and also known by the pseudonyms V.I. Lenin and N. Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, a Bolshevik communist politician, the principal leader of the October Revolution and the first head of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1998, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. His contributions to Marxist theory are commonly referred to as Leninism.