Vladimir Lenin was a Soviet politician, revolutionary and political theorist, Lenin, who was born in 1870, served as the head of the government for Soviet Russia from 1917-1924. After Soviet Russia's transformation into the USSR, he continued to serve at the highest position possible.
After sustaining two bullet wounds and multiple strokes, he later succumbed and died in 1924. The mantle was taken over by the infamous Joseph Stalin. However, a tussle for power existed in the newly formed USSR. Alexi Rykov filled in for Lenin as the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union. However, Joseph Stalin gained enough influence and power by the end of the 1920s to become the sole leader of the Soviet Union.