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Last Saturday, 11th February, around 100 students and young workers from at least 20 schools, colleges, and universities across the country gathered in London for the annual national conference of the Marxist Student Federation. The number of attendees was a fitting figure to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

Last Saturday, 11th February, around 100 students and young workers from at least 20 schools, colleges, and universities across the country gathered in London for the annual national conference of the Marxist Student Federation (MSF), hosted by the UCLU Marxist Society.

The number of attendees not only demonstrated the growing strength of the MSF and the attraction of revolutionary ideas, but was also a fitting figure to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. And this is exactly what this year’s conference did, with the morning session dedicated to a discussion entitled “In Defence of Lenin”.

Stephen Agnew of the Sheffield Marxist Society introduced the discussion, giving an overview of the life and ideas of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Russian Revolution and great Marxist theoretician. Stephen not only explained the development of Lenin’s political ideas, but also his pivotal role in building and educating the Bolshevik party – the vital subjective factor that led to the first and only successful revolution in history.

Both Stephen’s talk and numerous contributions from the floor helped to answer the lies, slanders, and distortions that are frequently thrown at Lenin and the Bolsheviks in order to denigrate the Russian Revolution and its achievements. In addition, comrades in the audience elaborated on the important theoretical contributions Lenin made towards Marxist ideas, including works such as Left Wing Communism – an Infantile Disorder and Materialism and Empirio-criticism.