Yes, Vladimir Lenin should be viewed as one of the 20th century's greatest monsters, because he was responsible for the deaths of so many people. While saying otherwise, Lenin was fine to sit by while his people starved and suffered. He did little to save the people that he ruled over. His rule was one of terror.
He might be famous and loved by some in Russia for ending the monarchy, but he did so by having the Tsar Nicolas and his family murdered. I don't consider that the act of a moral person. He didn't end up being any better than the regime of the Tsar. He ordered the killing of countless amount of people during his reign as well.
As early as the 1905 Revolution Vladimir Lenin is was known to hold up violent measures to meet an end including urging Bolsheviks to increase unrest. This support of violence followed Vladmir Lenin during his lifetime, so in my personal opinion, he could be considered a tyrant. I think that term is more fitting than monster.
He was an unreasonable, Despotic murderer, And - perhaps almost as heinous - a physical coward and a complete weasel. He asked other men to face the perils he should have been braving himself; he directly ordered the brutal murders of the royal family (and then covered it up, Because he was too scared of the consequences even after the USSR has been established); he organized state-sanctioned starvation plans; he laid the ground work for Stalin to institute a reign of terror the likes of which Russia had never, And would never again, See (even at the hands of the Nazis).
Lenin and his supporters would have you believe that he was a soldier in the cause for revolution and equality. But the system he set up bankrupted Russia, Drove its most educated and intelligent citizens to death or exile, And arguably set the entire country back 4-5 decades (a failing that the modern state STILL hasn't recovered from as of 2019).
Perhaps most damning of all is that Lenin was a hypocrite - he didn't establish a system that put the power in the hands of the people; he didn't democratize Russia, Or give those who disagreed with him a say. He was only interested in those who embraced communism, And only HIS vision of communism, At that. All others were enemies of the state, Either destined to be 'reeducated' or shot. This was a man who could have gone the way of Washington or Lincoln - by refusing absolute power; by being an emancipator - and he chose instead to become a more harsh, Craven, Uncultured caricature of Nicholas II.
So, Just to wrap up: coward, Check. Murderer of royal little girls, Check. Mass murderer of peasants, Check. Hypocrite, Check. Tyrant, Check. If there is a hell, You can rest assured that an unrepentant Lenin is occupying prime real estate.
Lenin bore a personal feud on the Romanov family. His elder brother Alexander had been hanged for high treason (he had attempted to murder Czar Alexander III) and he had sworn to exterminate the whole Romanov blood line.
This is why the innocent girls had to die. To fulfill the bloodthirst of this monster.
Lenin bore personal feud on the Romanov family. His big brother was hanged from high treason (he had attempted to murder Czar Alexander III) and Lenin had sworn to exterminate the whole Romanov blood line.
This is why the innocent girls had to die. Lenin was a premier example that tertiary syphilis really puts you beyond good and evil.
The consummate practitioner of the maxim 'the end justifies the means'. This evil man would do literally anything to further his cause, any action was justifiable, any cost was considered irrelevant.
It amazes me that otherwise intelligent and educated people can consider this monster a hero. The double standards applied to Lenin\Hitler is quite breath-taking
Lenin cared about nothing but advancing the advance of his brutal, soul-crushing cause. Anything or anybody who stood in his way was subject to extermination. Instead of being revered, he should be reviled. He was a thoroughly evil, vile, vicious monster. The world became a better place when he died.
Vladimir Lenin starved much of the peasantry in the Russian Famine of 1921-22 in the Volga and Urals River Regions in retaliation for revolts against his Bolshevik Army who were stealing food and supplies from the Kulaks (Land Peasants) who did not support or had nothing left to give these violent thugs. In part they reduced the amount of food grown only to supply themselves or their hamlet as they were never compensated for what was taken. So no extra food was grown for the larger regions as a whole or the cities. Lenin then ordered all food to be taken from the Kulak's homes and all grain for growing to be removed as punishment and that meant everyone starved. Lenin effectively murdered 1.5 million people and this was before he even really got started. Lenin was a megalomaniac who believed everyone was expendable to his cause as is proof with the 1918 Red Terror that saw thousands tortured, and mass killings. He also helped establish the GULAG system as early as 1919. Lenin's psychopathic rabid dog Stalin who was just a vicious criminal would never have gained any power if not for Lenin and so Stalin went on to finished the job killing roughly 18 million of their own people. Together they made Hilter look like he had dropped the ball.
Funny how some ignore the White Terror, Tsarists were not afraid to volley into women and children, in in the Bloody Sunday Massacre. Lenin caused the literacy rate to skyrocket, legalized homosexuality (till Stalin caused a shitstorm after Lenin died) and far increased the standard of Lenin. His methods were dark and blood stained but he was a man who sought ends.
Lenin was by no means a saint and a lot of the things he did was unjustifiable and disgusting, but I do think there was a lot of positives done under the leadership of this man. The real monster was his successor, one Joseph Stalin. The focus is very off here.
Those who survived under the reign of Vladimir Lenin are certainly convinced he deserved to be on the list of 20th century greatest monsters. However, from an external perspective that would have to be a long list. The 20th century has seen quite a few 'monsters,' and not all of them were leading a country. Machiavelli would say that Lenin acted as was necassary for success in the war.