Few talk of the greatness of ideas that sprung in the beginning of the revolution – pluralism in literature, poetry, linguistics, mathematics – that is sheer genius.
Even as Lenin staunchly opposed Russian imperialism, his successor Stalin remained its strong advocate.
Avant-garde artists of the time were primarily concerned with projecting different kinds of future work spaces.
Red flags with the hammer and sickle fluttered in the hands of school children, and millions of people arrived from every corner of the vast USSR to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
The Soviet dream to “catch up and overtake,” was not about economic prosperity. They wanted to “catch up” on national power. That dream lives on.
Most Russians are simply indifferent to the 1917 revolution as a topic of interest and as a political event worthy of commemoration.
Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Marxist leader, welcomed the Russian revolution for straying from Marx’s blueprint for overthrowing the system.
Perceptions of the Russian Revolution today are firmly linked to the the triumph and decline of brands of official communism in the 20th century – at the cost of complex aspects of the original event.