Maxim Gorky and the Russian Revolution


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History Today
Vol. 46, no. 6 (June 1996), p. 16-22


Maxim Gorky was revered as the leading Russian artist and intellectual associated with the 1917 Revolution throughout the lifetime of the Soviet Union. But did he really approve of Lenin and the Soviet experiment? Did indeed he meet his end at the hands of Bolshevik agents? Orlando Figes reassesses the position of this pivotal figure