Where did the name Nikolai Lenin come from? I thought it was Vladimir!!!?
Where did this discrepancy arise?
For example this book refers to him throughout as Nikolai (I know its not high scholarship). http://books.google.com/books?id=WRhHPgAACAAJ&dq=trotsky+graphic&ei=mSc5S6GrAqbcMbu2gc4B&client=firefox-a&cd=1
Also if you do a google search for "Nikolai Lenin" the first site you get is wikipedia for "Vladimir Lenin." Why?
Also I have read several speeches by Ronald Reagan whey he refers to him as "Nikolai." Why?
Thanks for the link. So my question is why is he referred to this "sometimes in the west" if he never was referred to as this in Russia/the USSR (as the link states.)
But I am almost positive all his contemporaries referred to him as "Vladimir."
He authored all his books as "Vladimir."
So when/ why did this change in name occur?
OK here is the best explanation I could find from respected Cold War historian Ray Garthoff.
Footnote 8 on page 9....
Garthoff states that Lenin's original pseudonym was N. Lenin (never identified as Nikolai) and he claims that the Nikolai bit is often used "hard line western anti communists" and raises a flag as a suspect source."
If anyone else has other info on this let me know.
MY QUESTION IS WHY AND WHEN DID PEOPLE IN THE WEST START CALLING HIM NIKOLAI LENIN INSTEAD OF VLADIMIR LENIN, WHICH HE WENT BY IN RUSSIA!!!!!