By K. Turton

Forgotten Lives explores the lives and paintings of Lenin's sisters--Anna, Ol'ga and Mariia--and the function they performed within the Russian Revolution. It lines their early progressive careers and contributions to the underground move, their paintings for the social gathering and the nation after October 1917, and their dating with Lenin and Stalin. The portrayal of the sisters in Soviet and English-language histories is additionally mentioned, with the intention to restoring those principally forgotten lives to the heritage of the revolution.

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81 Anna and Mariia also benefited from the network since they had direct access to the latest information from abroad. 83 On returning to Russia in 1902, Anna travelled to Tomsk to join her husband who had been arrested in Moscow in 1901 and sentenced to two years’ exile. 84 Revolutionary groups in Siberia had united to form an umbrella organisation, the Siberian Social-Democratic Union, to coordinate revolutionary work in the region. 85 On top of this, the Siberian Social-Democratic Union was not issuing any literature.

144 Ol’ga also made efforts to make contact with Aleksandr’s old acquaintances. I. V. 147 Ol’ga consistently shunned women on her course who did not read and engage with the radical ideas of the time. K. Grigorevaia’s company, of whom she wrote: ‘she is a good person, who has read a lot and thought a lot, so it is interesting to talk with her. A. P. M. V. Shelgunov, whose works included essays on Engels’ ideas and the development of capitalism in Russia and who had twice been imprisoned in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg for his views.

174 The years 1883 to 1893 were a crucial formative period for Anna, Ol’ga and Mariia, during which they embarked on their university education and first came into contact with the ideas and tactics of Childhood and Education 31 revolutionaries. The three also experienced first hand the painful consequences of underground activities if one was caught by the regime, yet this did not deter them from involving themselves more deeply in the revolutionary movement in the years to come. Had Ol’ga lived, she would no doubt have joined Anna and Mariia as they embarked on revolutionary careers that would span the next four decades.

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