Where did the name Bolshevik come from?

In Russian, Bolshevik means “those of the majority.”

It was used by a wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party led by V. I. Lenin after they had gained a temporary majority on the party’s central committee in 1903.

The Bolsheviks believed in a disciplined, centralized party of professional revolutionaries.

They called their opponents in the party Mensheviks, or “those of the minority.”

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