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    Why the Kremlin Is Ambivalent About the Russian Revolution

    They’re on red alert. Despite this week’s 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, which created the Soviet Union, the Russian government isn’t going overboard with celebrations. That’s because while the Communist empire laid the foundation for today’s resurgent Russia, it was also created from the kind of revolutionary fervor the modern Kremlin desperately wants to avoid. Now some have chosen to lionize marginalized Bolshevik operative Leon Trotsky — a charming, yet brutal person whose drive for social change led him to a bad end — perhaps as a way of dodging the issue.

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