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Dmitri Volkogonov, the special assistant to Boris Yeltsin, uses secret Soviet archives to shift the perspective of Lenin’s time as a leader, revealing the Founding Father as a cruel totalitarian responsible for some of the worst moments in the Soviet state.

In a biography that drastically changes the perception of Vladimir Lenin, a Soviet revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, numerous secrets are exposed from previously off-limits KGB archives.

After three years of research through more than 3,700 once-secret documents, Volkogonov reveals the information found in the system concerning Lenin and his legacy, painting a compelling, shocking story about the Soviet founding father and the system he created.

From the creation of concentration camps to brutal repression of church and the media, and the strategic cultivation of a cult of personality, Lenin reveals the truth behind the cruel and totalitarian leader’s past.

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