The progressive world today remembers Vladimir Ilyich Lenin on the 150th anniversary of his birth. Despite suffering imprisonment and exile for his revolutionary ideas and against the evils that plagued Russian society, he continued to organize the exploited forces to fight until the final victory against tsarism.
He was a Russian revolutionary, a Bolshevik leader, a communist politician, the main leader of the October Revolution and the first leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the first workers’ and peasants’ state. He was the author of a theoretical and practical body based on Marxism known as Leninism and later called Marxism-Leninism.
He was a faithful follower of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, author of the political doctrine that bears his name. He was an expert in the methodology of science, contributed to the advance of dialectical logic, developed the theory of knowledge and the doctrine of thought.
He still and will always be considered a passionate fighter for peace, a defender of justice, a practical man who can make the most of every situation. He is an unavoidable reference for the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggles of our time and for socialist construction. But even further, far from aging, this 150-year-old contemporary, because of his intelligence, his ethic, his broad culture and his total dedication to the cause of the humble, becomes a paradigm of the leader needed by the people in the difficult hours the world is living.