"The April Theses" on Smithsonian Magazine


Part #1 of my coming work "The Aprile Theses" is on Smithsonian Magazine March issue. 

2017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution. In March 1917 Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov (LENIN) was leaving exiled in Zurich. Within eight months he assumed the leadership on 16000000 people occupying one-sixth of inhabited surface of the world. On April 9th 1917, with the support of German authorities, at that time in war with Russia, he travelled back to his own country on a train across Germany, Sweden and Finland to reach Finland Station in St. Petersburg on April 17th where he started the step to Soviet Power. 100 year later I retraced and reacted, in a surreal and unorthodox journalistic way,  sometime acting myself  the role of an hypothetical Lenin, the real and non-invented Lenin’s journey on the base of archival documents and historical books including “To Finland Station” by Edmund Wilson and “The sealed train” by Michael Pearson. Part#2 of the work will be based on my research of the documents at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History and Lenin's Library in Moscow. Coming soon...