A Russian communist by nature, he developed his revolutionist nature after seeing the execution of his brother in 1887. He studied law and eventually moved to St. Petersburg. This led him to meet many oppressed, exiled Russians. He grouped up with some revolutionists and began a campaign. The campaign included the spreading of communist ideas by paper to even going openly against the government physically. He leaded the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
This led to the formation of Russia and afterward the more extensive Soviet Union turned into a one-party comrade state represented by the Russian Communist Party. Lenin is regarded by many as the most significant political leader of the century. Not only in the former Soviet Union but also among many non-Communist states, he has been noted as a greatest revolutionary leader, thinker and indeed one of the greatest freedom fighters of all time.