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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Lenin's London Newspaper
Lenin edited the Bolshevik newspaper 'Iskra' here
Location: 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
Description: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (22 April 1870 to 21 January 1924) was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917.
As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917-1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a socialist economic system.
As a politician, Lenin was a persuasive orator, as a political scientist his extensive theoretic and philosophical developments of Marxism produced MarxismLeninism, the pragmatic Russian application of Marxism.
In 1903, Lenin attended the 2nd Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party which initially convened at Brussels before moving to London.
Iskra was a political newspaper of Russian socialist emigrants established as the official organ of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.
Initially, it was managed by Vladimir Lenin, moving as he moved. The first edition was published in Stuttgart on December 1, 1900. Other editions were published in Munich (1900-1902) and Geneva from 1903. When Lenin was in London (1902-1903) the newspaper was edited from a small office at 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1 with Henry Quelch arranging the necessary printworks.