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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Ghosts. Commie ghosts what don't know they're dead. Hoping to steal our rockets so they can fly up and paint the moon pink and draw a Lenin face on it.”— No-bark Noonan
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was the founder, and former leader of the Soviet Union during the 20th century.
Lenin was born on April 22, 1870 in the town of Simbirsk in the Russian Empire. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was an education official. Lenin was good in school and learned the Latin and Greek languages. In 1887, he was thrown out of Kazan State University because he protested against the Tsar who was the ruler of the Russian Empire. He continued to read books and study ideas by himself, and in 1891 he got a license to become a lawyer. In the same year that Lenin was expelled from University, his brother Alexander was hanged for his part in a bomb plot to kill Tsar Alexander III, and their sister Anna was sent to Tatarstan. This made Lenin furious, and he promised to get revenge for his brother's death.
In 1917, people started rumors that Lenin had got money from the Germans. That made him look bad because a lot of Russians had died fighting Germany in the war. The rumors were so bad he was afraid he could get arrested or even killed. He left Russia and went to Finland, a country right next to Russia, where he could hide and carry on with his work on Communism. After Tsar Nicholas II gave up his throne during the February Revolution, Lenin went back to Russia where he was still a very important Bolshevik leader. He wrote that he wanted a revolution by ordinary workers to overthrow the government that had replaced Nicholas. In October 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin and Trotsky (who was later exiled by Stalin and killed by his order in Mexico), headed the Petrograd Soviet and other Soviets all over Russia in a revolution against Kerensky's government, which was known as the October Revolution. They won, and announced that Russia was a Communist country. In November, Lenin was chosen as its leader.
Because Lenin wanted an end to World War I in Russia, he signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany in February 1918. The treaty made Germany's other enemies angry, and together with Russian people who supported the Tsar or Kerensky's government, they attacked Russia. A civil war between the Reds (Communists) and Whites (Royalists) broke out. Lenin made rules that as much food as possible was to be given to Communist soldiers in Russia's new Red Army. This meant that they won the war, but ordinary people were starving, and many died of hunger or disease. After the war, Lenin brought in the New Economic Policy to try and make things better for the country.
After a woman named Fanny Kaplan shot Lenin in 1918, he started having strokes—In May and December 1922, in March 1923 (which paralyzed him and left him unable to speak), and in January 1924 which killed him.
Vladimir Lenin is mentioned in-game by the insane resident of Novac, No-Bark Noonan. According to Noonan, he believes that the "commie ghosts" hope to steal rockets to fly to the moon, with the goal of painting the face of Lenin upon it. It can be deduced from this that Lenin's life and rise to power was the same in the Fallout universe as it was in real life.
Vladimir Lenin is mentioned only in Fallout: New Vegas.
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