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The streets in those days presented a curious spectacle everywhere people stood about in knots arguing heatedly and discussing the latest events Discussion that nothing could interrupt The house in which we lived overlooked a courtyard and even here if you opened the window at night you could hear a heated dispute A soldier would be sitting there and he always had an audience - usually some of the cooks or housemaids from next door or some young people An hour after midnight you could catch snatches of talk - Bolsheviks Mensheviks At three in the morning Milyukov Bolsheviks At five - still the same street-corner-meeting talk politics etc Petrograds white nights are always associated in my mind now with those all-night political disputes N Krupskaya Memories of Lenin pp 351-2 Why did Russia become a communist republic This is the question that has been asked by many a person since the rise of Stalin and the start of the Cold War To properly understand this it is important to realize the situation that the people of Russia were in Russia was a very backward very underdeveloped country They had the save government since feudal times spanning back to over 300 years of Romanov leaders Many of the people had parents or grandparents were serfs who had become freed only 30 or so years back Russias people were receiving little pay if any had farming methods used back in the 1400s were very uneducated and were forced to pay heavy taxes they could not afford to pay for wars that they lost horribly The few factories that existed were there only due to the idealistic Czar and helped few as people fought for the wage As a result the people were working for pennies a day everyday and didnt know if they would be able to keep their dirty smelly rat infested occupation tomorrow The Russians in the country were very poor and
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