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Vladimir Lenin Atheist Communist Russia (and Soviet Union) By Brett Keane

Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) 
a.k.a. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

Atheist leader of Communist Russia (and the Soviet Union), as well as founder of the Bolshevik party. After overthrowing the Russian King (known as the "tsar") and murdering his entire family, he instituted a campaign of mass killings and torture called the "Red Terror," which killed around 50,000 to 500,000 people. He also executed 14,000 to 20,000 priests for their disagreements with Bolshevism. Later, he seized food from peasants all over the country, which worsened the Russian Famine of 1921 that ended up killing 5 million people. He explained that this was a good thing, saying, "Famine would also destroy faith not only in the tsar, but in God too."

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