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All power to the Soviets!
What slogan did Lenin use following his arrival in Russia in April 1917? “There is such a party!” “All power to the Soviets!”
On the way to Russia, Lenin prepared the April Theses, which outlined central Bolshevik policies. These included that the Soviets take power (as seen in the slogan “all power to the Soviets”) and denouncing the liberals and social revolutionaries in the Provisional Government, forbidding co-operation with it.
The Decrees seemed to conform to the popular Bolshevik slogan “Peace, Land and Bread”, taken up by the masses during the July Days (July 1917), an uprising of workers and military forces.
Land and Freedom
A crowd gathers outside the Duma in Petrograd, February 1917. Some carry banners with the slogan ‘Land and Freedom’.
This phrase is associated with Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik Party and the Russian Revolution, specifically the October Revolution of 1917.
The phrase “Peace, Land and Bread” was a slogan used by Lenin during the October Revolution. It is often reiterated by the Proletarians and associated with the Bolsheviks. Were the Bolsheviks or the czarists communists?
Mikhail Baljasnij, “Communism means soviets, plus the electrification of the whole country. Let us transform the USSR through socialist industrialization” (1930). I’d like to discuss three slogans from Lenin. The first one is: “All Power to the Soviets.”
In the 2nd Congress vote, Lenin’s faction won votes on the majority of important issues, and soon came to be known as Bolsheviks, from the Russian bolshinstvo, ‘majority’. Likewise, Martov’s group came to be known as Mensheviks, from menshinstvo, ‘minority’.