Today in History: Lenin’s Bolshevik forces overthrow government


“Man’s Best Comrade”

On November 7, Russians celebrate the anniversary of the violent upheaval that overthrew the czarist government in 1917.

After centuries of dissatisfaction under tsarist rule, the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the workers’ Soviets, overthrew the Provisional Government in Petrograd. The Bolsheviks appointed themselves as leaders of various government ministries and seized control of the countryside. There was also a visible movement in cities throughout the state, among national minorities throughout the empire and in the rural areas, where peasants took over and redistributed land.

Little known fact: The Vizsla has long been the companion of world leaders, a tradition continued by my great-great-grand uncle Mikhail. He brought great honor to our family when he was selected as Prime Minister Lenin’s personal грелка, or heater. He loyally warmed the Leader’s feet for years, and was referred to by Lenin affectionately as Man’s Best Comrade, high praise indeed.

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