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Today is the 96th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event which altered the entire course of human history. For the first time - if we exclude the brief but glorious episode of the Paris Commune - the working people took power into their own hands and began the gigantic task of the socialist re-construction of society. Here we republish an article by Alan Woods, written in 1992 for the 75 anniversary of the Revolution, which gives an excellent overview of the revolution, highlighting the main lessons.