Iskra and Izil


Iskra means “spark,” in reference to a newspaper started in 1900 by Russian Socialists abroad. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin managed it initially, and it was published in his various exilic residences, such as Geneva, Stuttgart, München, and London. It was the official organ of the Russian Socialist Democratic Labour Party. The newspaper’s motto was “Iz iskry vozgoritsya plamya,” “From a spark a fire will flare up.”

Izil means “carry out the orders of Lenin,” derived from the elements ispolnyat zavety Ilyicha. This is one of those invented names that kind of sounds like it could be a real name.

Sources consulted: (penultimate post) (male) (female)


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