Vodovozov, Vasilii Vasilevich

Vodovozov, Vasilii Vasil’evich


Born Dec. 22, 1864, in St. Petersburg; died in 1933. Russian publicist, jurist, and economist. Author of articles on socioeconomic and political history.

Vodovozov suffered arrests and exile for his participation in the Narodnik (Populist) revolutionary movement at the end of the 19th century. In 1906 he became a Trudovik (member of the Toilers group of peasant deputies in the Duma). Denying that there were differences in the interests of the working class, peasantry, and toiling intelligentsia under capitalism, he argued for the creation of a single “supraclass” party of toilers. V. I. Lenin characterized Vodovozov’s views as bourgeois in view of the fact that “through phrases . . . the fundamental difference between the position of the small proprietor and that of the wageworker is obscured” (Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 21, pp. 268-69). Vodovozov was hostile to the Great October Socialist Revolution and emigrated in 1926.


Lenin, V. I. ” Liberalizm i demokratiia.” Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 21, pp. 237-46.
Lenin, V. I. ” Trudoviki i rabochaia demokratiia.” Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 21, pp. 267-74.