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The Fate and Justification of those who opposed the Revolution During the time of Revolution in Russia the main leaders were Stalin Trotsky and Lenin During their reign they dealt with those who resisted the revolution using various methods most of which were very brutal The most common methods used by these leaders were arrest terror imprisonment transportation to Siberia execution torture exile and liquidation The use of such measures to strike out at those who opposed the revolution were justified in many ways by Lenin Trotsky and Stalin When Lenin and the Bolsheviks came to power the situation in Russia was very unstable as was the position that the party held Lenin was willing to take any measures he saw necessary no matter how brutal to ensure the success of his revolution and party Almost as soon as Lenin came to power he implemented a reign of terror Lenin saw the use of terror as a necessity and soon after the coup in October 1917 he asked Kamenev How can one make revolution without executions Laver 199462 Given the fact that the Bolsheviks were a minority when they came to power and that they had many political opponents such as the Mensheviks and the Socialist revolutionaries it is probably correct of Lenin to say that terror and subsequently executions were unavoidable Later Lenin stated to Trotsky Do you really think that we will be victorious without using the most cruel terrorLaver 199462 This comment suggests that Lenin may not have agreed wholly with the use of terror but maintained that it was necessary for the success of the revolution Lenin was so convinced that the use of terror would ensure the success of the revolution that in December 1917 he authorized the feared Dzerzhinsky to set up the Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Speculation CHEKA The CHEKA was responsible for
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