Lenin Speaks In Sverdlov Square

Russian communist revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin (1879 – 1924), giving a speech in to men of the Red Army leaving for the front, during the Polish-Soviet War, Sverdlov Square (now Theatre Square), Moscow, 5th May 1920. The original photograph showed People’s Commissar Leon Trotsky (1879 – 1940) and Politburo member Lev Kamenev (1883 – 1936) seated on the steps at the right of the platform. Later, under Stalinism, the pair were airbrushed out of the picture. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)