Under the impetus of the Russian Revolution, the Communist International was founded in Moscow in early 1919. It was designed as a vehicle to bring together revolutionary vanguards from around the world and promote the development of the struggle for anti-imperialism, workers power and socialism.
In the 1920s and thirties the Russian Revolution underwent a bureaucratic degeneration. The Communist International also suffered this fate. But in its first five years, when it was still led by Lenin and his closest collaborators, it elaborated a program and strategy that incorporated the lessons of the revolutionary era. Properly understood, it remains profoundly relevant to the struggles shaking the world today.