On November 17, 1917, a coup d’état in Russia led by Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin opened a dark communist era, marked by fear, death, economic chaos and a complete assault on individual freedoms. Communism was implemented in Russia 100 years ago and spread throughout much of the 20th century to Eastern and Central Europe, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, parts of Africa, Afghanistan, North Korea and Cuba. It is estimated that communism was responsible for over 100 million deaths– more casualties than those in World War I and II combined.
CSIS is hosting a public event to evaluate the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of this regime and to provide a realistic picture for current and future generations about the dangers of communism.
This event was made possible by general support to CSIS.