Themed “100th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution (1917 - 2017) and realistic socialism: Historical values and significance of the era”, presentations at the workshop reaffirmed the historic role of the revolution, which marked a turning point in the development of humankind. The victory of the revolution resulted in the birth of realistic socialism and abolished the harsh exploitation yoke of feudalism and capitalism in Russia, bringing power to the working class and peasants. The success of the Russian October Revolution brought socialism from theory to reality and encouraged colonized nations to fight for their independence and build socialism.

Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education Vo Van Thuong addressing the workshop

Following the path opened up by the Russian revolution, Vietnam moved from the people’s national democratic revolution toward socialist revolution. After more than 30 years of “doi moi” (renewal), Vietnam has gained historic achievements as the socialist revolution has been steadily advancing forward in the country.

The workshop agreed that there were objective and subjective reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc in Eastern Europe. The subjective reasons included red tape, corruption, the lack of connection between officials and the people, weakness in management and implementation of policies and deviation from the socialist ideology, to name a few.

Participants converged to one point that the values and lessons learnt from the Russian October Revolution, socialism building, collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc in the Eastern Europe, and socialism in reforms are still of great significance to the building of socialism in Vietnam and other countries.

* In another event, on October 26, the Military Library opened a book and newspaper exhibition titled “the Light of Russian October Revolution” in Hanoi. The exhibition displays nearly 1,000 documents and books on the revolution and its values. On the sidelines of the exhibition, a talk on the significance of the revolution was also held.

Translated by Huu Duong