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When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Vladimir Lenin

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Despite remaining an orthodox Marxist he had begun to accept the Social Revolutionary Party's views on the revolutionary power of the Russian peasantry penning a pamphlet in 1903 entitled To the Village Poor. In 1896–97 strikes hit St. At first Lenin disbelieved such political fickleness especially that the Germans had voted for war credits; the Social Democrats' war-authorising votes broke Lenin's mainstream connection with the Second International (1889–1916).

Faced with the threat of German invasion he argued that Russia should immediately sign a peace treaty—which led to Russia's exit from the First World War. Following the February Revolution of 1917 in which the Tsar was overthrown and a provisional government took power he returned home. Briefly attending the University of Kazan he was ejected for his involvement in anti-Tsarist protests devoting the following years to gaining a law degree and to radical politics becoming a Marxist.

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