Historian: Lenin stands at the origins of the atomic and space programs

07.04.2020, Moscow.

Specifically, Lenin stood at the origins of the nuclear and space programs, said political scientist, Professor of the Department of History and Political Theory at the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Political Science, Sergey Chernyakhovsky, in an interview with a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent on April 5.

“Maybe not the most fundamental, but a small detail. The first book that he requested from the library after moving from Petrograd to Moscow was Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon,” Chernyakhovsky recalled.

According to the political scientist, many people know about Stalin and Khrushchev’s role in the nuclear and space programs, but little is said about the fact that Lenin stood at the origins of both programs as far back as during the Russian Civil War (1917-1922).

“He was the one who encouraged Tsiolkovsky’s works, he drew Zander and the people whose work was dedicated to space, to develop rocket technology. His state and political activities during the Civil War also demonstrate this. It was strenuous activity, which he was able to combine with constant and regular meetings with inventors, support for laboratories, and the creation of about 20 research institutes during the Civil War,” the political scientist said.

The interview was given on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the USSR.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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