Was Lenin a Red Tsar?

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Was Lenin a Red Tsar

For hundreds of years, Russia had been under the rule of the Tsarist regime in which they were given the right to rule by God and had absolute power. In this period the Tsars had sat on their laurels and allowed Russia to get into a backwards, agricultural and generally a weak country that was not living up to its full potential. This however all changed when the February revolution of 1917 occurred in which from the ranks of the Bolsheviks Lenin arose to become the leader of the new and improved Red State.

To determine whether or not Lenin rulings were enough to make him a ‘Red Tsar’, the similarities between the two regimes need to be addressed.

There are many similarities from that of the rulings of the tsars to the way that Lenin ruled communist Russia, for one thing both Lenin and the Tsars believed that they had been elated to this position from a higher power, Lenin that he had been destined to rule by the ‘forces of history’ while tsars thought they had a god given right. However whereas the Tsars believed that they should have absolute power, Lenin distributed his power in the form of the setting up of the communist party in which he would have to debate with other members who could actually criticise and to an extent veto any idea that he put through. This was a massive difference to the tsarist regime in which questioning the tsar would and could not be tolerated. This meant there were no such limitations to the power of which the tsars had and so when the Duma was made by Nicholas the 2nd there were no mechanisms in place (such as other people in a position of power) to limit his power and make sure he stuck by his word. Could this be the reason for the inevitable collapse of the Tsarist regime?

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Another aspect which both regimes shared is that both generally repressed the forming of other political parties and general freedom of speech of the people, although Alexander the 2nd did take out a reform that allowed the formation of the zemstva, it did not have the effects that it should have had on the people as it still enabled Alexander to have all the power and so in this aspect it failed, however it was the closest Russia came throughout all the rulings of the tsars and Lenin to be a democratic state. Nicholas the 2nd and Alexander the 3rd also repressed the ...

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