The first love
Lenin looked older than his age and began to go bald early. But he had a lively character, charm and an attentive gaze of a connoisseur of female beauty. One of his first sympathies was Apollinaria Yakubova - a bright and intelligent girl who makes an impression. Vladimir was a little shy in front of her, and in order to get closer, he used her nondescript girlfriend Nadezhda as an intermediary. Both belonged to an underground revolutionary circle.
It is not known to what extent the relationship between Ulyanov and Yakubova reached, but he proposed to her. However, Nadezhda had her own plans for the young man, and, apparently, she used her role as a mediator. Apollinaria disappeared from Vladimir's life. Krupskaya writes rather vaguely that "Apollinaria for some reason could not come" to the prison, where Ulyanov was once again imprisoned. Eight years later, Yakubova died of tuberculosis.
Marriage on Krupskaya
Then Ulyanov was exiled to Shushenskoye, and Nadezhda went to the Ufa province. She applied for a transfer to him under the pretext that she was going to marry him. In Shushenskoye, Vladimir and Nadezhda got married in a church.
The hostess from Nadia was unimportant. Therefore, worried about her daughter's family well-being, her mother Elizabeth also came to exile. She, most likely, understood that there was no particular strength in their relationship, and did her best to support the young family, running through links and safe houses as a housewife. In addition, Nadezhda had a very sluggish temperament. In the revolutionary circle, she even had the nickname Fish.
In Paris, Lenin lived under the name of William Frey with an English passport. He was a lover of expensive restaurants, and in one of them he met the beautiful Elizabeth. This woman "quite by accident" found herself alone at the next table and also "accidentally" knew Lenin's companion Rumyantsev, who immediately introduced them to each other.
This was a lady just to his taste: a flamboyant adventurer. With the mediation of Rumyantsev, her apartment was turned into a meeting place, and often Vladimir and Elizabeth were alone there.
They parted, since Elizabeth's interests were not limited to revolutionary activities alone. However, they remained friends.
Love and death
When the Frenchwoman Inessa Armand appeared in the life of the leader, Lenin fell seriously in love. Curly hair, regular features, big eyes with shine, graceful figure. And on top of that, a rebellious character. She taught French in the family of the wealthiest manufacturer Armand and married his eldest son, Alexander. They had four children, but then Inessa went to his 18-year-old brother Vladimir, who was ten years younger than her. They had a child. Soon Vladimir Armand died of tuberculosis.
Vladimir Lenin met Inessa Armand, nee Elizabeth Pesche d'Erbanville, when she was 35 years old, and he himself was 39. By this time, Nadezhda Krupskaya had already developed Graves' disease: hyperfunction of the thyroid gland, leading to bulging and causing tremors, sweating and diarrhea.
Inessa was also absorbed in revolutionary work. She had an extraordinary intellect and innovative thinking and was quite emotional. From this position, the beautiful widow highly appreciated the charm of her new friend.
Krupskaya in her memoirs claimed that after learning about their romance, she proposed a divorce, but Lenin did not agree. According to the surviving correspondence, a classic love triangle has developed.
Armand wrote to Lenin from Paris to Krakow: “We parted, we parted, dear, with you! And it hurts so much. I know, I feel, you will never come here! Looking at well-known places, I clearly realized, as never before, what a great place you occupied in my life, that almost all activity here in Paris was connected by a thousand threads with the thought of you. I was not at all in love with you then, but even then I loved you very much. Even now, I would do without kissing, and if only to see you, sometimes it would be a joy to talk to you - and it would not hurt anyone. I got used to you a little. I loved so much not only to listen, but also to look at you when you spoke.Firstly, your face revives, and, secondly, it was convenient to look, because at that time you did not notice it. I kiss you hard. Your Armand."
Lenin was so in love that, according to researchers, he was ready to give up even the cause of the revolution. "Oh, these" deeds "are similarities of deeds, surrogates of deeds, a hindrance to business, how I hate vanity, bustle, deeds and how I am inextricably and forever connected with them !!" - Lenin wrote to Inessa.
Inessa Armand died suddenly: according to the official version, from cholera, in Kislovodsk, where she went to improve her health. Lenin sank into deep despair. He soon suffered his first stroke.