Posted to Facebook this morning. I just had to share. The source page is actually well worth reading. It is irreverent, it is funny, it is more truthful than most shlock you read about Russia.
Quoting a friend:
Lenin was never General-Secretary, he was the Sovnarkom or Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, the head of the government. While Lenin was the de facto leader of the Bolshevik Party there was no formal party post, Lenin was simply a member of the Politburo, Orgburo and Central Committee.
Also after Peter, the Tsar was both Tsar and Emperor. The first title was patrimonial and the second imperial.
Oh be that way.
The political history of Russia in one long, run on sentence 😀
“Things were ruled by a series of Grand Princes through the Middle Ages until 1547, when Ivan the Terrible decided he’d rather be a Czar, at which point there were Czars, which lasted until 1721, when Peter the Great realized that it was cooler to be an Emperor, and then there were Emperors until the Russian Revolution in 1917, when the last Emperor, Nicholas II, was murdered along with his family, after which there was the Soviet Union, whose leaders were called long things like General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and most notably include Vladimir Lenin at first, then the especially unpleasant Joseph Stalin, then a handful of others until the reign of Mikhail Gorbachev and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, after which we were left with the new Russian Federation, officially a multi-party representative democracy but unofficially one of those democracies that does a lot of undemocratic things and is ranked as the 122nd most democratic country by the EIU, and of which Boris Yeltsin served as the first President, followed by Vladimir Putin and then Dmitry Medvedev, but then in 2012 Putin (who was Prime Minister then, the second highest office) was like “Hey look at that zebra!” and when Medvedev looked Putin took the office again and made Medvedev Prime Minister, and that’s where we are today. Yeah.”
~ Tim Urban