Vladimir Lenin
Historical Figure
Nationality: Soviet Union (born in Russia)
Date of Birth: 1870
Date of Death: 1924
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: None (Atheist)
Occupation: Politician, Revolutionary, Author
Spouse: Nadezhda Krupskaya
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Turtledove Appearances:
The Gladiator
POD: Unknown
Earliest Known POD: October-November, 1962
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Vladimir Lenin (Russian, Владимир Ильич Ленин) (22 April 1870 - 21 January 1924) was the first leader of the Soviet Union. He was absolutely essential to the country in its infancy.

Lenin, a communist, opposed Russia's involvement in World War I and believed in the proletarian revolution called for by Karl Marx. During the war, he participated in the Russian Revolution as leader of the Bolshevik faction. He was thus involved in the regicide against Tsar Nicholas II. He led the Bolsheviks during an ensuing power struggle in which he was opposed by most western governments. Under his leadership, the Bolsheviks came to dominate Russian politics, and Lenin was proclaimed premier of the new Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1922.

He was also a political theorist whose works would rival Marx's in their influence over future generations of communists.

Lenin died at age 53 on 21 January 1924. Officially, his cause of death was a series of strokes which he'd suffered over the last two years of his life. He was succeeded by Joseph Stalin.

Vladimir Lenin in The GladiatorEdit

Vladimir Lenin was one of the great heroes of an alternate where the Soviet Union won the Cold War.[1]

Vladimir Lenin in Joe SteeleEdit

Although Vladimir Lenin had been dead for years before Joe Steele became President of the United States, Steele nonetheless despised Lenin and his successor as leader of the Soviet Union, Leon Trotsky, for their failure to live up to their professed ideals of equality.[2]

Lenin's embalmed corpse rested in Red Square in Moscow. By 1953, it was expected that Trotsky would one day be embalmed next to him.[3]

See AlsoEdit


  1. The Gladiator, pg. 8.
  2. Joe Steele, pg. 145.
  3. Ibid., p. 425.

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