Opinion | The bloodshed that was the Russian Revolution
Communism reached its hideous depths in Russia under Joseph Stalin, but it was rotten right from day one
We know that Communism has led to some of the worst crimes against humanity. Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong were monsters, killing millions of their own countrymen. But they were not aberrations. Few know that the world’s first Communist revolution, in Russia, which began exactly 101 years ago, was not a just a few momentous days that shook the world but a years-long bloodbath. Millions would die—through mass murder, civil war, repression and famine, before the Communist Party established full control in all its brutal glory.