To What Extent Could Lenin Be Considered a Red Tsar?

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“To what extent could Lenin be considered a Red Tsar?” A Red Tsar is defined as a communist leader who would rule in the same way as the Tsars did, that way being an autocratic, absolute leader of Russia. In this essay I will judge Lenin to see if he can be truly considered a Red Tsar based on his actions within the government, repression, the economy and society. In many areas Lenin wanted what the Tsars had had, absolute power, but he wanted to use it for very different reasons, these reasons stemming form his fundamentally different ideology. Lenin was very much a Red Tsar when it comes to Government; he kept everything he 88could under his control in a very similar manner to the Tsars themselves. Lenin, like the Tsars, was incredibly effective at appeasing the people politically while giving them very little or any political influence or representation. The Tsars used the Duma, Nicholas 2nd, and the Zemstva, Alexander 2nd, to ‘give’ the people the people what they desired politically. However these organisations were in reality still controlled by the Tsar and were very restricted in their abilities to create any change. Lenin used an election, the façade of Soviet power and a pyramidal structure of Government to, like the Tsars, give an illusion of democracy. Lenin like the Tsars had absolute power in Russia to the extent that he could ignore advice from his party and single handily dictate changes. The tsars also had an almost identical amount of power with examples being Nicholas 2nd ignoring everyone’s advice and going to the front in 1916, Lenin ignored his party in signing the treaty of Brest – Litovsk and introducing the N.E.P. This evidence shows that like the Tsars Lenin did have absolute power within his government. The only real contrast between the Tsars and Lenin is that the Tsars had some, very weak local Government, with the Zemstva. In
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