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SWI archive 2007 Remembering the Bolshevik Revolution

Lenin addressing a crowd

Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin addresses a crowd during the first year of Revolution in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (Photo taken on Nov. 7, 1918)

(Russian State Archive of Social and Political History via AP)

One hundred years ago today, the Bolshevik Revolution kicked off in Russia. This story from the archive explains how thousands of Swiss were caught up in the uprising.

And prior to his involvement in the revolution, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin lived in Switzerland, as told in our Extraordinary Expats series.

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin and the Swiss non-revolution

Lenin, the father of the Russian revolution, worked on his theories for a popular uprising while living in Switzerland.

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