Two contributors battle it outby David Aaronovitch , Richard Seymour / March 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
One hundred years ago this spring, there were remarkable events in Russia. But when I was young it was the October Revolution that I was taught about—how it had ushered in the world’s first worker’s state, and constituted the greatest moment in world history. It had, I knew, brought down one of the great tyrannies: the backward, dictatorial regime of the Romanov tsars. That the tsar had abdicated in February, months before the Bolshevik Revolution, passed me by. Like most people I believed Russia had gone from the tsars to the Bolsheviks in one jump. I therefore missed the other possibility: that of a democratic Russia.