The date is November 6th, 1917, in other words, the revolution is just hours away. Lenin’s letter to the members of the Central Committee read:
"Comrades! I am writing these lines on the evening of October 24th [O.S.]. The situation is critical in the extreme. In fact, it is now absolutely clear that to delay the uprising would be fatal... History will not forgive revolutionaries for procrastinating when they could be victorious today (and they certainly will be victorious today), while they risk losing much tomorrow, in fact, they risk losing everything. If we seize the power today, we seize it not in opposition to the Soviets but on their behalf. The seizure of power is the business of the uprising; its political purpose will become clear after the seizure... The government is tottering. It must be given the death blow at all costs! To delay action is fatal."
This letter was a call for a "death blow" which stemmed from the experience of struggle over the years. As Lenin said, the triumph of the Bolsheviks who went all out for the revolution and the working class who met its vanguard was now certain! Bolsheviks were bringing the heaven to the ground on a historical moment through a historical move. October became the name of a big slap to those who were saying that an equal and free society and an order without exploitation were a dream!
On the occasion of the centenary of the October triumph, we present our interactive article which includes the October Revolution moment by moment as well as three reviews on three important faces of the Revolution to our readers.
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