Francis Beckett

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A statue of Vladimir Lenin lies on the ground after being removed from public display in Mariupol, Ukraine, in 2015. Credit Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times

Red century. A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, can a phoenix rise from the ash heap of history?

After the Bolshevik Revolution of November 1917, the Soviet state became a beacon of hope for the left, and Moscow a place for pilgrimage. It was four decades before the magic faded, and the world is still waiting for something to replace it.

It’s easy to see the original appeal. In 1917, men were dying like flies on the blood-soaked fields of France and Belgium. Many of them were working men who made the ultimate sacrifice for countries where they could not vote, and whose deaths left their families in penury while the rich got richer.…  Seguir leyendo »