Lenin Flees to Finland

Lenin in disguise.

August 21 1917, Razliv–The Bolsheviks had inspired the July uprising in Petrograd, and many of its members helped to organize it.  Lenin had been on vacation in Finland when it began, and had rushed back to the city as soon as he could, but did not commit to backing it, issuing tepid platitudes at most while the uprising evaporated.  Despite this, Lenin received much of the blame from the Provisional Government, who accused him of being a paid agent for the Germans.  Lenin had to go into hiding in and around Petrograd, but by late August even this was not sufficient.  Shaving his beard and wearing a wig, he fled for Finland, mostly by train but occasionally on foot.  He would not return to Petrograd until October.

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